Diversity Recruitment Scholarship

Student_Microscope.jpgA committee of dedicated volunteers is working to raise funds to establish the Diversity Recruitment Scholarship. This fund will be an important resource to attract the best students from underrepresented populations to the IU School of Medicine. The permanent scholarship will give preference to native Hoosiers. The goal is to raise $100,000. 

Paying for medical school can be daunting. Tuition alone for in-state students is more than $34,000. And that’s leaving out housing, food or transportation – the basic living expenses every student faces. Debt is a reality. Almost 85 percent of IU graduates rack up hefty loan amounts, which averaged $184,000 for the Class of 2015.

Through this scholarship, we can retain our most talented students. We can invest in their potential. And we can train more physicians who may consider a career caring for underserved populations.

Donations of any amount are very much appreciated. Gifts of $20,000 or more will be recognized as Executive Committee donors; $10,000 will be Leadership Committee; and $5,000 will be Gift Committee donors. Gifts may be paid over five years. Donors making a gift or pledge of $5,000 or more by December 31, 2016, will be recognized as Founders and invited to meet the first Diversity Recruitment Scholarship recipient.

We hope you will consider joining this important initiative to improve health in Indiana and beyond.

How to support the Diversity Recruitment Scholarship

Online giving is simple and secure. Click here to make a one-time gift online. 

IU payroll deduction (For Indiana University Employees ONLY). Click here to complete the IU payroll gift deduction form.

Recurring Gifts allow you to make a monthly gift by automatic credit card or bank account deduction. To register for a recurring gift, complete the mail-in electronic funds transfer form. Your gift will be automatically deducted from your bank account or be billed to your credit card monthly.

Mail Your Gift by check, money order, or set up a pledge. To do this, print and complete the mail-in gift form.

Indiana University School of Medicine
Diversity Recruitment Scholarship Recipients

Alexis Meriweather | Class of 2018
Second-Year Medical Student
Alexis_Meriweather.jpgWhen Alexis Meriweather was named a Rawls Scholar ofMedicine, her reward wasn’t solely having her tuition covered at IU School of Medicine. It was affirmation in the face of others’ doubts. “I was told I would not get into IU,” she said.“They told me I shouldn’t even go to my interview.” Persistence, though, is a constant trait for the Michigan City native. The oldest of nine children to working class parents, Meriweather has always known stellar academic performance was a necessary to get a scholarship. While the Rawls Scholarship helps, Meriweather, who holds a degree in kinesiology, works weekends as a manager at a McDonald’s restaurant and takes out loans to foot the remaining bill for medical school. Yet the financial aid she does receive grants Meriweather the flexibility to pursue her ultimate goal. She wants to specialize in family medicine and practice in a low-income community in Indiana. And Meriweather knows that for some black patients, seeing a familiar face can make a difference in choosing to seek treatment. “It makes a big difference going to see someone who looks like you,“ she said, “because people think if you look like them you can understand where they’re coming from.”

Nathan Delafield | Class of 2016
Fourth-Year Medical Student

Nathan_Delafield_Crop.jpgGrowing up, Nathan Delafield loved visiting a doctor because it was a haven of stability. Often, he saw drug and domestic abuse as he moved frequently from shelters and low-income housing. Delafield and his mom bounced around Phoenix until he was eight years old, and he would spend time in foster care until he finished high school. Seeing a physician, though, meant time with someone who was curious and compassionate. And it inspired the fourth-year medical student’s decision to specialize in internal medicine. This summer, he returned home to work with the mobile unit from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which takes doctors and treatment into the communities for children facing the same struggles Delafield once did. “Often, the 15 minutes you get to spend with a patient is the only time that they feel safe,” he said. Delafield, though, benefited from support. An aunt and uncle ultimately took Delafield in and raised him. He also thrived at Arizona State, where a mentor at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Marion Kelley, encouraged him to apply to the Indiana University School of Medicine. Once admitted, Delafield received scholarships to make his training affordable and allow him to follow his passion: Practicing in under-served communities. 

Nathan was recently featured in Inside IU.


Dr. Jerome Adams | Class of 2001
Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health

Dr._Jerome_Adams.jpgDr. Gus Watanabe was clear during an admissions interview with Jerome Adams: He wanted him at the IU School of Medicine. “What will it take for you to come here?” asked the esteemed former head of the Department of Medicine. Adams was clear. “Based on my family’s situation, I really need to go where I can receive the most financial aid,” he replied. Adams’ credentials glittered: A 3.97 GPA at the University of Maryland, undergraduate research time with a Nobel Prize winner, and Harvard and Washington University in hot pursuit. Watanabe’s instincts about Adams were prescient, considering Adams went on to become an anesthesiologist and in October 2014 was appointed as Indiana Health Commissioner. Recruiting Adams, who grew up the son of two modest teachers in Maryland, to IUSM required making a competitive aid offer. Watanabe floated the possibility of scholarship packages that would cover all of Adams’ costs. “If you offer me that, I’ll sign on the dotted line,” said Adams, who benefited from the Lilly Scholarship. Today, it crystallizes Adams’ view on the importance of a diversity scholarship at the IUSM: “You need to understand what the market is providing for those individuals and put a competitive proposal on the table.”

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