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Making a Difference

Giving - Making a Difference

Each year, hundreds of alumni and friends make a gift to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Please read below and visit the following links to learn about the many ways you can show your support and make a difference at one of the nation’s finest medical schools.

Endowed Scholarships

Scholarships are one of the most effective ways to attract outstanding students. At VUSM, we are growing our endowed funds available for scholarships, thereby creating opportunities for both current and future generations of students. Almost 85 percent of VUSM students receive some form of financial assistance and the school is dedicated to providing opportunity to future medical leaders.

Faculty Support/Endowed Chairs

The recognition and honor an endowed chair confers upon the faculty member holding it are vital incentives in a dynamic market where the best faculty are in great demand.

On any given day, the vast majority of the school’s faculty can be found in their offices and classrooms, available to students and energetically involved in the life of the school. Endowed chairs enable us to retain such exceptional professors and to attract talented new faculty which places the School of Medicine at a decided advantage.

The Annual Fund

Annual fund gifts are unrestricted contributions of any size, to the School of Medicine, that are made on a yearly basis. Each academic year, VUSM has new needs that require support. Endowment gifts are earmarked for a specific use, while Annual Fund gifts provide funds that can be used by the dean and administrators to address the most immediate needs and opportunities. Annual fund gifts sustain the VUSM we know and love on a day-to-day basis and provide the foundation for future success. Gifts of all sizes combine to make a large impacts and allow us to do things such as:

  • Diversify our student body by providing scholarship support for promising students to fulfill their lifelong dreams of a medical career
  • Create new knowledge utilizing innovative technologies and scientific discovery through funding for research and scientific leaders
  • Expand opportunities for students by investment in enhanced learning opportunities and the overall student experience

Reunion Giving

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has celebrated Reunions on a biennial even year since 1990. Our next VUSM Reunion is set for November 5-7, 2020, in conjunction with Vanderbilt’s Reunion/Homecoming weekend. While all VUSM alumni are invited, graduating classes ending in 4, 5, 9, and 0 will celebrate milestone anniversaries at Reunion 2020. In addition, the Classes of 1970 and 1971 will celebrate their 50th anniversary and become Quinqs. Alumni celebrating their Reunion often choose to make a special gift to show their appreciation for the important role Vanderbilt has played in their lives and careers. When you give back in honor of your Reunion, you’re adding to the cumulative generosity of generations of VUSM alumni. To learn more about Reunion giving and how to get involved visit:

The John E. Chapman, M.D. Society

The Chapman Society recognizes financial support of VUSM by those who make annual gifts of $2,500 and up. Alumni who received their degrees within the last 10 years are also eligible for membership with a commitment of $1,000 annually. Learn more about the John E. Chapman, M.D. Society.


For more information on making a gift to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, please contact or a member of the Development and Alumni Relations staff.