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The institution's principal publication for alumni, friends and physicians.
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VIRGINIA TOOMBS, M.D., MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Kim Owens and daughter Brooke
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Kimberly Owens, MSIII, is the first recipient of the Virginia Toombs, M.D., Memorial Scholarship. This endowment was created in 2000 in honor of Virginia "Ginny" Toombs, M.D., '82, to assist UC Davis medical students who are single mothers with financial need. The primary purpose of the fund is to help cover the cost of fees and tuition. Virginia Toombs had wanted to be a doctor all her life, inspired by her father, an anesthesiologist. By the time she had the opportunity to fulfill her dream and attend medical school at UC Davis, she was a single mother, raising her 10-year-old son, Cameron.

Ginny was determined to be the best medical student and the best mom she could be. Throwing her characteristic energy and enthusiasm into both tasks, Ginny earned her medical degree in 1982 and went on to finish her internship and residency training in radiology the same week Cameron graduated from high school. She was justly proud of her dual accomplishments — becoming a medical doctor and raising her child to be a fine young man.

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Ginny and Cameron in Istanbul, 1999
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Special endowments are but one way that alumni or their families can help the medical school. The UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association sponsors an annual campaign to raise scholarship funds for incoming medical students. This nonprofit program was established in 1987 to award scholarships to students selected for their academic excellence, leadership skills, commitment to community service and demonstrated financial need. For more information about establishing an endowment for a memorial scholarship fund or making a contribution to the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, please contact the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Office at (916) 734-9410.

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  WHY WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORTThe cost of providing our students with an excellent, comprehensive medical education continues to grow at a fast pace. With publicly funded loans and grants declining, your generous support is paramount to our success. Financial aid can be a deciding factor when a student decides where to attend medical school. UC Davis competes with renowned medical institutions that have been in existence much longer than we have and hence have well-established scholarship endowments. The average indebtedness of today's graduating students is more than $60,000, with some students owing $100,000 or more. The annual cost for the class of 2007 is $40,317 (including $11,581 in fees, transportation, living expenses and books). The incoming class of 2008 is facing much higher costs due to the state budget problems. Professional School fees are expected to increase to cover the 25 percent cut to state support for these schools (specifically medicine, law, veterinary medicine, and the school of management). Our students need your help! Please donate to the Alumni Scholarship Fund today:http://medalumni.ucdavis.edu or call the Alumni Office at (916) 734-9410.  
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