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Case Western receives $3M donation to help dental students

December 04, 2019 Cleveland — Case Western Reserve University announced Nov. 19 that the Ralph T. and Esther L. Warburton Foundation pledged $3 million to establish endowed scholarships at three health sciences schools, including the university’s school of dental medicine.
The pledge is the latest from the foundation, which donated nearly $3 million in 2015.
“The gift is a transformational catalyst for interprofessional education that will make a significant impact on health-sciences education,” said Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder in a news release.
In addition to helping students pursuing a dental degree, the foundation’s gift will add $1 million each to the existing scholarship funds for students studying in the university’s school of medicine and its school of nursing.
The scholarships are intended for students from Stark and Summit counties, in an effort to educating future health care providers in northeast Ohio hospitals. The scholarships are intended for students from middle-income families who wouldn’t qualify for need-based financial aid, yet don’t have other family resources to cover tuition, according to the university.
“I think [the donation] touches the most people we could possibly touch,” said Sally Bonacker Warburton, who leads the foundation with her husband Phillip Warburton, in a news release. “We also had in mind creating a feeder system to give back to northeastern Ohio — to continue to produce well-qualified, talented medical people for this area.”
Since 2015, more than 30 medical, dental and nursing students have received scholarship support through the endowments.