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R-MC Receives $3 Million For Pre-Med Program

Apr 28, 2011

The late Dr. Paul H. Wornom '37Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren announces the establishment of the Dr. Paul H. Wornom Pre-Medicine Endowment. The $3 million gift from the estate of Dr. Wornom, a 1937 R-MC alumnus, will provide eight full pre-med scholarships to science students who excel academically. Wornom Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue research projects at R-MC, and will work closely with faculty members to develop a research project. They will also be offered internship and shadowing opportunities, mentorship by a pre-med advisor throughout their college tenure, and financial assistance for a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) course.

“Dr. Wornom’s generous gift will help R-MC continue to recruit the brightest science students interested in medicine,” said Lindgren. “Those students will receive the guidance and academic preparation needed for acceptance to the most prestigious medical and dental schools in the country. We are thankful for Dr. Wornom’s commitment to both the medical profession and to his alma mater.”

Randolph-Macon’s pre-med program is designed to give students the supervision, support, curriculum, and clinical experiences they need to be accepted into medical school. R-MC has established partnerships with three medical schools. A BS/MD joint degree agreement between Randolph-Macon College and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) allows as many as four qualified R-MC students to receive guaranteed admission to EVMS. An Early Selection Program agreement with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences will give qualified, second-year students the opportunity to gain a provisional acceptance to the medical school at George Washington. Lastly, a Preferred Applicant Track Agreement with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will accept two qualified, second-year students annually. Accepted R-MC students who maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.4 science GPA, and are in good academic and professional standing, will receive a formal offer of admission to the VCU School of Medicine.

The late Paul H. Wornom ’37 graduated from R-MC with a degree in chemistry and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Virginia. He opened a family practice in Hampton, Virginia where he specialized in allergies, arthritis and immunology. Wornom’s brothers, Herman '23, John '29 and Marchant '33, are all R-MC alumni, as is his nephew, Charles Wornom '64, who currently serves on the college’s Board of Trustees. In 1999, Wornom established the Paul H. Wornom, M.D., Professorship in Biological Sciences, currently held by Professor Charles “Chas.” Gowan (environmental studies), to recognize and promote exemplary teaching and scholarship. In 2006 Wornom established a scholarship that is awarded to students interested in careers in medicine. Wornom was a very active alumnus who served as a member of R-MC’s Presidents Society and the Heritage Society.

The Wornom family tradition of philanthropy continues. Recently, Maria Wornom Rippe and her husband, Peter, established the Wornom-Rippe Faculty Endowed Fund, which will attract talented new faculty to Randolph-Macon. In addition, Wornom’s nephew, Charles Wornom, serves on R-MC’s Board of Trustees.

The Wornom gift was announced at a kick-off event on April 29, 2011, which launched Building Extraordinary: The Campaign for Randolph-Macon College, a $100 million initiative designed to position the college for the next level of excellence. Priorities for the Campaign include upgrading and building state-of-the-art facilities, increasing the endowment to provide greater opportunities in and out of the classroom, and enhancing student outcomes through career and graduate school preparation.

The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship was introduced in 1995 as an endowment to support scholarly undergraduate research by Randolph-Macon College students in all disciplines. The continued generous support of Benjamin Schapiro ’64 and his wife Peggy allows R-MC students the opportunity to conduct original research, under the guidance of a faculty member, and be paid a stipend. Many students continue the projects beyond the summer and present their findings at academic and national and international professional conferences. This level of in-depth research is usually reserved for graduate students. SURF projects have helped set R-MC students apart when applying for graduate school and finding work in a chosen career field. The program is co-directed by Professors Kelly Lambert and Serge Schreiner.