- By Carla Beecher
ALUMNI CONNECTION /
Retired anesthesiologist William Street MD’59 and his wife, Lorraine Hassan-Street, a retired nurse anesthetist, continue to support medical student scholarships at the College of Medicine. They were attracted to the availability of the Medical Alumni Association’s matching funds when they established the first Street Scholarship nearly three years ago and in the past several years have made multiple gifts to support the endowed scholarship. Each has been matched dollar–for–dollar to double the impact of their endowment, which will perpetually benefit UVM medical students. To date, five Street scholarships have been given to medical students.
Their most recent gift of $100,000 brings the total in the William C. Street MD ’59 and Lorraine Hassan-Street Endowed Scholarship Fund to $600,000. Class of 2014 student David Larsen, his wife, and their children traveled across the country from Idaho so that Larsen could attend the College of Medicine—a move that would not have been possible without the generosity of the Streets.
“Finding out that I qualified for the Streets’ scholarship helped us come to where we wanted to be—UVM,” Larsen says. “It made a big difference in terms of stress, especially since we had concerns about the financial impact of my medical education.”
The Street Scholarship came with an extra bonus for Larsen—the development of a strong connection to Street and other medical alumni. After Larsen wrote to thank the Streets, he received a very thoughtful response, in which Street shared some of his experiences in medical school, as well as the reasons why the scholarship was important to him and his wife.
“Philanthropy is critical to helping ensure the College of Medicine can achieve its missions of research, education, and patient care and provides a meaningful connection between our alumni and current students,” says Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D. “The Street Fund, to which the Streets continue to contribute, is an excellent example of how a gift can help us reach our educational goals.”
Street, who is a member of the UVM Foundation Leadership Council and of the Ira Allen Society, decided to direct his philanthropic support to the College of Medicine because he believed his giving would have a greater impact at a smaller school. He says he and Lorraine take great satisfaction in supporting students who go out after graduation and do good works on behalf of others. “The longer we’ve been doing this, the more convinced I am it’s the right thing to do,” he says.