DO YOU REMEMBER what you paid to attend Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine? Although costs vary depending upon the degree program and the amount of time needed to complete requirements, earning a master’s degree from SPHTM
now costs about $55,000 per year. According to Tulane’s financial aid office, the average SPHTM student graduates with at least $90,000 in debt. These figures represent a significant burden for most students, but the school’s upcoming Centennial gives alumni a unique opportunity to ease that burden and really help students. In addition to recognizing our historic past and celebrating our vibrant present, a major focus of the Centennial is to prepare for the future by increasing permanently endowed student scholarships. We seek not only to increase the number of scholarships available, but also to increase the amount of financial aid given to students. Currently, the school has only 19 permanently endowed scholarships each of which provides only partial aid. For a student body of about 1,300 students, these numbers are woefully inadequate.
Registering for the Centennial Celebration at a patron level will add funding directly into endowed student scholarships. If they wish, patrons may even select which endowed scholarship to benefit. Plus, such patron level scholarship support is fully tax deductible. All patrons and their spouses/guests will be welcomed to attend all Centennial events and each is eligible for a designated number of tickets to the Gala Awards Benefit. At the celebration they will be recognized as members of The Society of 1912.
THE SOCIETY of 1912
FOUNDER’S • $25,000 Eligible for 10 gala tickets
GOLD • $10,000 Eligible for 6 gala tickets
SILVER • $5,000 Eligible for 4 gala tickets
BRONZE • $1,912 Eligible for 2 gala tickets
The school has set a goal of raising a minimum of $200,000.00 in endowed scholarship funding by the November 2012 celebration. As of press time, good progress has already been made toward that goal, a goal which we would be happy to exceed. After all, more scholarship funding helps more students.