College of Arts & Science at Miami University
"Helping the Next Generation"
(with Dr. Richard Blath, April 2012)
A full text transcript of the video is available below.
(Dr. Richard Blath (Miami, '68) is Chief of Urology with St. Louis Urological Surgeons at Christian Northeast Medical, St. Louis, MO, and serves on the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education Board of Directors. Richard and his wife have endowed the Dr. Richard and Lorry Blath Healthcare Scholarship for premedical students demonstrating academic merit and financial need. Dr. Blath talks about the importance of hard work in a video on the Mallory-Wilson Center for Healthcare Education website.)
"First of all, Miami is a wonderful university. It's been around for hundreds of years.
"The professors here are dedicated to the students, dedicated to the students' education. And they realize they're only going to have a student ... Maybe they'll only have a student for a semester; maybe they'll only have a student 3 hours a week for a semester; maybe they'll have a student for 4 years. But I am confident that every single professor, assistant professor, instructor, and lab technician is totally dedicated to helping their students get to the next level—whatever that level is, whether it's getting into graduate school, getting into business, getting into medical school.
"While I was here I received a small scholarship. It wasn't big at the time, perhaps $500 a year, but it was on merit and I never forgot it.
"So, I'm at a time of my life now. I've been successful. I've been in practice for a long time. I've been fortunate enough to do very well. So I talked it over with my wife Lorry and we felt we wanted to do the same thing. So, in addition to coming back here twice a year, being a member of the Mallory-Wilson Center [for Healthcare Education's Board of Directors], I wanted to do even more. So, I wanted to start our own scholarship. So, we have donated an endowment and every year a strong medical student receives that amount."