WACO (February 22, 2013)--Baylor University received a gift of $500,000 Thursday from the DeBakey Medical Foundation to help fund scholarships.
The gift will be used to expand the Michael E. DeBakey, Selma DeBakey and Lois DeBakey scholarships, benefitting students in medical humanities.
The DeBakey Medical Foundation is named after the DeBakey family, a prestigious name in American medicine.
President of the DeBakey Foundation Dr. George P. Noon and DeBakey Medical Foundation trustee Gale Galloway presented the check to the university during a ceremony.
"We are very happy and pleased to help fund this program," Noon said.
Baylor's medical humanities program provides insight on literature, economics and other subjects.
"We are thrilled to have the support of the DeBakey Foundation," Medical Humanities Associate Director Lauren Barron said.
“Donations will help in the program's mission to bridge the art and science of medicine,” she added.
Since 2009, the foundation has invested $1,000,000 in scholarships for medical humanities.