Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice Becomes President Of Morehouse Medical, Announces Major Scholarship Campaign

September 7, 2014  |  

It was a year ago that we reported that Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice had been named the new president at Morehouse School of Medicine, making her the country’s first Black woman to head a free-standing medical school.

Now as she is set to become inaugurated as the sixth president of MSM on Sept. 11, she announces a goal of $1.5 million in scholarships.

She is spearheading a Presidential Scholarship drive that is projected to provide $1.5 million to support the next generation of health care professionals, according to a press release. The Presidential Scholarship Fund was established to help MSM students deal with the rising cost of education. The Presidential Scholarship Fund already got a major boost on Aug. 16 during a pre-inaugural gala luncheon attended by more than 850 notable women in metro Atlanta. The “Phenomenal Women” luncheon, led by Billye Aaron, the wife of famed baseball slugger and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, raised $500,000 in scholarships for MSM students.

“I am excited about this new chapter not only for me but for this great institution of Morehouse School of Medicine,” said Dr. Montgomery Rice. “The community has joined me in support of our students with investments to the Presidential Scholarship Fund.  Our talented students are working to become the next generation of health care leaders, and these scholarships help them reach those goals.

Dr. Montgomery Rice’s inauguration will be attended by delegates from more than 50 colleges and universities around the country, and public officials and business executives will be in attendance, including Founding President of Morehouse School of Medicine Dr. Louis Sullivan, Ambassador Andrew Young, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the First African-American Labor Secretary Alexis Herman, Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson and Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who is an MSM alumna.

“A presidential inauguration is a major occasion in the life of an institution of higher learning,” said Anthony Welters, J.D., Chair of the MSM Board of Trustees. “It is an especially significant time for us as we proudly recognize Dr. Montgomery Rice for her past contributions to MSM and confirm our confidence in her vision to continue to position the school as a national leader in medical education.”

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