LITTLE ROCK – Two community organizations have pledged a total of $100,000 to help establish the
The pledges were made by the Arkansas Medical Dental & Pharmaceutical Association (AMDPA), whose president is UAMS’ Billy Thomas, M.D., and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.
Bruce, chairman of the Raymond P. Miller Scholarship Endowment Committee, first secured $100,000 from the Arkansas Community Foundation as a “challenge grant” and now has $324,000 in contributions and pledges.
Both the Minority Health Commission and the AMDPA will fulfill their pledges over the next 18 months, with their first installments of $25,000 each to be made this month.
The endowment is expected to earn about $16,000 annually, which is enough to award a full-tuition scholarship each year. The first scholarship will be awarded to a
Bruce said he was inspired to lead the fundraising effort because of Miller’s friendship and professionalism.
“Raymond Miller had a record of distinguished service at the
Bruce also noted that UAMS’ efforts to increase its minority representation coincide with national initiatives to recruit more minorities into medicine.
UAMS’ focus on the issue has resulted in more than double the number of underrepresented minorities in this year’s freshman class in the
“This year’s increase in admissions is significant, but perhaps even more importantly will be our efforts through scholarships – such as the Miller Scholarship – to not only attract more students but retain them,” Thomas said.
Miller grew up in Cotton Plant, a farming community near Brinkley, the eighth of 14 children. He went to
In 1972 Miller became the first African-American to serve on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees. He served as chairman from 1981 to 1982, and his accomplishments were recognized with the national Distinguished Trustee Award from the Association of Governing Boards of American Colleges and Universities.
Miller also served on many other boards, including those of Worthen Bank and its successors, AP&L and Entergy Corp. and the Razorback Foundation. He received many accolades, including distinguished service awards from the
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the
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