On April 16, nearly 100 guests attended Southwestern Medical Foundation’s annual Scholarship Reception at Old Parkland, honoring the 75th anniversary of UT Southwestern Medical School and both donors and recipients of Southwestern Medical Foundation scholarships.

Upon arrival, students were guided on a special tour of the Old Parkland campus, the home where Southwestern Medical College (now UT Southwestern Medical Center) was founded in 1943. After the tour, students joined a reception and mingled with donors and community leaders.

“It all began with a remarkably enlightened view from the leadership of Dallas that the best way to ensure access to excellent medical care in Dallas was to support medical education. The success of UT Southwestern over the decades has been enabled better through a combination of continued support from this community and the high expectations it set.​

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Southwestern Medical Foundation Chairman, Bob Rowling, opened the evening with brief remarks. “This event is always very special for me because I get to spend time with the students and learn more about their experiences,” said Mr. Rowling. “I continue to be awestruck by what’s happening at UT Southwestern, and I’m very proud to know that our community is supporting this group of young minds on their journey to becoming the next generation of medical innovators.”

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, remarked on the early vision of the school, the generosity of our community, and inspiration found in UT Southwestern’s students.

“It all began with a remarkably enlightened view from the leadership of Dallas that the best way to ensure access to excellent medical care in Dallas was to support medical education,” said Dr. Podolsky. “The success of UT Southwestern over the decades has been enabled better through a combination of continued support from this community and the high expectations it set. Throughout the years to the present day, the work of our outstanding faculty doing world-changing research and expert clinicians is galvanized by the presence of students, residents, and other learners on campus who ask hard questions, ‘Why?’”

“I'd like to draw attention to Southwestern Medical Foundation’s support for research on campus and reinforce that this support helps makes UT Southwestern a center of excellence and it’s why I chose UT Southwestern for medical school.”

Steven Montalvo, fourth-year medical student

Dr. Angela Mihalic, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, introduced two student speakers, who shared their gratitude and perspectives on what it means to be surrounded by our generous community.

“The most important part about receiving financial assistance is that Southwestern Medical Foundation and the Dallas community care about my abilities and have invested in my success as a future physician,” said Clementine Young, a second-year medical student and class president.

Steven Montalvo, a fourth-year student who is weeks away from graduation, spoke about the importance of supporting research.

“I'd like to draw attention to Southwestern Medical Foundation’s support for research on campus and reinforce that this support helps makes UT Southwestern a center of excellence and it’s why I chose UT Southwestern for medical school,” said Steven. “Robust research void of bias is the only way we truly know that was helping our patients and there are so many more important questions to ask. From basic science through translational and into clinical research, supporting creative and astute investigators is what drives medical science forward.”

"The beautiful relationship between our community, Southwestern Medical Foundation, and UT Southwestern Medical Center is one that will benefit our families and future generations to come – and we believe that the potential held within these young students is endless​.”

Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO, Southwestern Medical Foundation

At the conclusion of the evening, Mr. Rowling led a toast to celebrate 75 years of medical excellence at UT Southwestern – an accomplishment that’s possible thanks to the visionary leadership of its founders, the dedication of its faculty, and the generosity of our community.

“We are so grateful for all who have dedicated their time and resources to making this scholarship reception possible,” said Kathleen Gibson, President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation. “The beautiful relationship between our community, Southwestern Medical Foundation, and UT Southwestern Medical Center is one that will benefit our families and future generations to come – and we believe that the potential held within these young students is endless.”


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