The Class of '72 sets a standard for others to follow

In early 2017, at their 45-year reunion, the MBBS Class of 1972 officially launched the MBBS Class of 1972 Medical Student Scholarship to celebrate the outstanding contributions of their class members to the medical profession and to support the next generation of doctors coming through the Melbourne Medical School.

Professor James Tatoulis AM and Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO

“We are each of us fortunate to have enjoyed long and successful careers in health. The medical knowledge and life-long love of learning that was imparted to us during our time at the University of Melbourne left us all in good stead,” said Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO (MBBS 1972).

“It is fitting, as we come together to catch up and celebrate our uni days, that we consider giving back to support the next generation of talented students, for whom the cost of study is substantially more onerous than it was in our day.

“It is my hope that as a class we will set up a scholarship that is enduring, and in doing so, provide inspiration for other year-groups to follow.”

At the reunion, class members were invited to participate in establishing the scholarship by making a gift. The ultimate goal is to reach $50,000 to endow the scholarship in perpetuity before the end of the year. There has already been tremendous support among class members, who have raised $30,250 in the first eight weeks.

A special thanks to the MBBS Class of 1972 reunion committee, Professor James Best AO, Dr Christopher Buckley, Dr James Butler AM, Associate Professor Lachlan de Crespigny, Professor Geoffrey Donnan AO, Professor James Tatoulis AM and Professor Doris Young for their leadership in this initiative.

For more information or to discuss contributing to a Student Scholarship please contact:

Alison Blahna

Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement Manager


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