Black-Only Scholarship Established at New Medical School

Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh is in the process of establishing a school of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic medical training includes a traditional curriculum but with an emphasis on primary, community-based care. When the new medical school opens, its first class of entering students is assured of having at least one African American who aspires to a medical career.

Gregory R. Spencer, a real estate entrepreneur and a member of the university’s board of trustees, has established a scholarship for an entering student. The gift of the funds comes with a stipulation that in awarding scholarship dollars preference must be given to a black student who is interested in practicing in underserved communities.