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Washington U. med school adds $100 million in scholarships

Washington U. med school adds $100 million in scholarships

April 22nd, 2019 by Associated Press in Missouri News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is adding $100 million to its scholarship fund over the next decade as an effort to attract a more diverse student body.

The university said this past week that as many as half of the 120 incoming first-year medical students this fall will receive full tuition scholarships of more than $64,000 per year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the average student debt for recent Washington U. medical school graduates is around $100,000.

Free tuition for inaugural classes is a recent trend among newly opened medical schools.

Washington University leaders said medical school classes are typically more than 80 percent white or Asian-American. The school hopes to attract students from more diverse backgrounds by reducing some of the financial worries.