Established by a former Dean of Admissions, this fund provides an annual award and scholarships for medical school students.
“Our motives for giving are simple," said Thomas J. Guttuso Sr., MD ‘60. "In my former role as Dean of Admissions for the medical school, I witnessed firsthand the need for scholarship funds to help students financially. We also wanted to give back in gratitude for the education I received.”
The Dr. Thomas J. and Barbara L. Guttuso Scholarship and Award Fund Endowment provides scholarships to incoming freshmen medical students with academic promise and financial need, and also gives an award to a senior medical student in the field of ophthalmology.
One previous scholarship recipient is Kirk Scirto, MD ’06, who earned his MD at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, then joined the team at Buffalo’s Jericho Road Community Health Center to care for patients with limited access to healthcare, particularly refugees, immigrants and those from low-income families. It’s demanding work, he conceded, but incredibly rewarding. “Our patients are very grateful for the care they receive.”