Raquel Arias, MD, associate dean of admissions at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, had a startling revelation over the summer. Of the 186 future doctors accepted into the school, only 47 received scholarships due to limited funding.

Arias grew up picking peaches in an agricultural community, so she understands the daunting costs of a university education, including student loan debt, can get in the way of students striving for careers in medicine. Her concern for these young people has led her to donate an estate gift earmarked for scholarships to the Keck School, a rare move for a university administrator.

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