Dan and Susan Real, both 1981 alumni of Marquette's Business Administration program, have donated $250,000 to the College of Health Sciences to establish a scholarship for "qualified students of diversity who would shine at Marquette but cannot afford the cost of tuition."
The scholarship will aid students in professional programs - like the doctoral physical therapy program, physician assistant studies and speech-language pathology - who would not typically have access to such aid.
"We feel this opportunity will help these students to act as role models in their communities once they graduate," say the Reals. "These communities need top-quality health care providers and Marquette offers 'the best bar-none' education in these fields. As Teddy Roosevelt once said, 'far and away the best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing,' and the health sciences fields practiced in disadvantaged communities is truly Godís Work worth doing!"
"We're extremely grateful to Dan and Susan for this gift," says Dr. William E. Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. "This scholarship will have an impact on many students who might otherwise have been unable to pursue their professional degrees."
The Reals are avid supporters of Marquette, and previously received the College of Nursing's "Friends of the College" alumni award for their support of the College of Nursing through a scholarship and collaboration with La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, where Dan is vice-chair for the board of trustees.