A planned gift of life insurance marked the first $1 million gift from former students to the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Established by Ana ’80 and Jay Olen Franklin ’78, the gift will fund scholarships for medical students who completed their undergraduate education at Texas A&M.
Jay Franklin, a doctor in cardiac electrophysiology at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, was a member of Texas A&M’s charter class of medical students and received one of two college-based scholarships offered at the time.
“That support set me on my path to a rewarding career, and I want others to have the same opportunity,” he said. “A gift of this size initially sounded impossible, but an after-lifetime gift turned out to be a simple way to make a substantial impact.”
The Franklins’ gift will create four scholarships: one to provide full-ride funding for a student and three Dean’s Excellence Scholarships, which pay students $5,000 annually.
The couple also supports scholarships, lectures and activities for medical students through their involvement in the Rapport Society, the dean’s leadership council.
To support medical students, the college seeks Dean’s Excellence Scholarships. You can establish a scholarship with a $125,000 endowed gift.