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School of Medicine Columbia

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Designate Your Gift

You can choose to improve our facilities, fund research, support students and faculty, or contribute to programs that enrich our students’ lives. By supporting our medical school, you are supporting the future of healthcare in our state and improving the lives of South Carolinians and beyond.

To find out how you can support our campaign to build medical education and research facilities on the future health sciences campus, contact Kim Riggi, 803-216-3314 or


Support Scholarships

Scholarships are critically important because they enable us to attract and recruit the most talented students and build a pipeline of future physicians for our state and beyond.

If you would like to support student scholarships, you can endow a named scholarship,  establish a named, non-endowed scholarship, or make an estate gift. You also can contribute to one of our existing scholarship funds, such as the:

  • Carol L. McMahon, MD Diversity Scholarship Fund (A32426) (supports scholarships for under-represented minority students pursuing a medical degree)
  • School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship Fund (1B1389) (supports students with financial need)

You can donate to these funds by searching their name or fund number on the university's giving portal. For more information about how you can support scholarships, download our scholarship brochure [PDF] or contact Kim Riggi.

Choose a Fund

If you’re interested in contributing to a School of Medicine Columbia fund not listed, please visit the university's giving portal

School of Medicine Columbia Carolina Fund and Initiatives

A gift to the SOM Carolina Fund is the easiest way to support our most pressing day-to-day needs for students and faculty.

School of Medicine Dean's Fund

Become a member of the Dean’s Circle with an annual gift of $1,000 or more and support the Dean’s top priorities an initiatives, from research to student programs.

FoodShare South Carolina

The mission of FoodShare South Carolina is to enhance the quality of life in our state by providing access to fresh, affordable food, cooking instruction and food-based entrepreneurial opportunities.

Carol L. McMahon, MD, Diversity Scholarship Fund

Your gift to this fund supports scholarships for underrepresented minority students pursuing a medical degree.

Diversity in the Life Sciences Financial Assistance Fund

This fund supports the education and research efforts of M.S., pre- and post-doctoral students in the biomedical sciences, including student travel to attend and present at national meetings, such as the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, and financial assistance for minority students exhibiting need.

Diversity in Healthcare Scholarship Fund

Through this fund, you can help support scholarship stipends for students enrolled in the Genetic Counseling, Nurse Anesthesia, Physician Assistant and Counseling and Rehabilitation programs.

Medical Library Endowment

Your gift keeps the School of Medicine Library and the students, faculty, health professionals and South Carolina citizens it serves on the cutting edge of health information and health care. Gifts may be designated for the purchase of books, journals, databases, technology, furnishings or rare book conservation or to providing discretionary funds to help the library meets its annual strategic priorities.

Student Scholarships/Alumni Scholarship Fund

The average educational debt carried by our M.D. graduates now approaches $200,000, with annual in-state tuition at an all-time high at $40,860. Your gift enables us to attract the best and brightest students in our state and to provide scholarships, which can eliminate or dramatically reduce financial burdens for our students.

Other Ways to Give

You can also give by phone or mail, participate in the family fundexplore gift planning or make a gift of body

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