History of Scholarship and Grant Support by WHCMAA


Scholarships and Grants Offered 
by the Wharton Health Care Alumni Association (WHCMAA) 

The primary purpose for forming WHCMAA was to support the Wharton Health Care Management (WHCM) MBA Program, its students and faculty.  This continues to be the primary focus of WHCMAA through to the present time.  WHCM support through grants and scholarships has been core to fulfilling this mission.  The type and magnitude of support has evolved and grown as the WHCMAA and the WHCM Program has evolved and grown.  This support has consisted of four major initiatives:

  • Book Stipends
  • William L. Kissick Scholarship
  • Global Health Volunteer Projects Grants
  • June Kinney Fellowship

The Start: Book Stipends

When WHCMAA was young and there were few alumni, the WHCMAA Board initiated a program of grants to students in the form of Book Stipends. These were credits applied to students’ accounts that could be applied at the Penn Book Store.  These grants started at $40 and eventually increasing to $75 as the cost of books increased and our revenues allowed, these grants provided tangible evidence of the alumni support for each new class of HCM students.  As the cost of tuition relative to books increased, WHCMAA turned its support efforts towards scholarship funds described below and discontinued the book stipend.

Growing Commitment: William L. Kissick Scholarship

The second major WHCMAA initiative was to create the William L. Kissick, MD Scholarship (“The Kissick Scholarship”). In the 1980s, a focused, year-long fundraising effort was undertaken to establish a fund to provide scholarship support to a rising second year WHCM student who was interested in public policy in honor of Dr. Kissick, one of the founding faculty of the HCM program.  Dr. Kissick had taught the Introduction to the Health Care System course, and as such, had given many of the alumni our initial grounding in our future field.  He believed that a strong U.S. healthcare system required fluency in three sectors: private business, academia, and public policy. The purpose of this scholarship was to address the fact that students accepting summer residencies in public policy or at not-for-profit and academic organizations often were paid substantially less than their business colleagues during for their summer work. Originally, the Kissick Scholarship was a way to mitigate this financial disparity for WHCM students working in the public policy or not-for-profit arena.  The initial scholarships were in the amounts of $2,000 to augment summer residency stipends. Over the years, alumni have continued to generously contribute to the Kissick Scholarship fund, the scholarship amount has risen to $15,000.

To contribute to the Kissick Scholarship fund, click here: 

https://giving.aws.cloud.upenn.edu/fund?fastStart=simpleForm&program=WHA&fund=404760&appeal=WHCMAA


Kissick Scholarship Awardees 1988 - 2019

1988
Kimberly A. Amato

1989
Kirsten E. Garen
Norman E. Hubbard

1990
Alison L. Marx

1991
Joanne Malin

1992
Cathy K. Eddy

1993
Ellen Yin

1994
Lisa A. Lacasse

1995
Lynn C. Bongiorno

1996
D. Allison Almand

1997
Therese B. Condon

1998
Robin L. Smith, M.D.

1999
Gerald (J.P.) Gallagher

2000
John M. Lewis

2001
Linda T. Donoho

2002
Jean-Luc S. Neptune, M.D.

2003
Leslie B. Rhee
Yves A. Zinggeler

2004
Erika L. Greenfest
Rebecca M. Schwietz

2005
Andrew S. Resnick, M.D.

2006
Vijay P. Manthripragada
Sachiyo Minegishi

2007
Wesley H. Kaupinen
Janhavi Kirtane

2008
Heather N. Aspras
Anne B. Hoang

2009
Vikram D. Bakhru, M.D.
Kara L. Fowler
Samuel H. Holliday

2010
Alexis F. Bernstein
Amanda S. Davis
Vikas Goyal
Brandi S. Herman

2011
Elizabeth Ann Almasi, M.D.
Edward K. Chan
Lauren D. Dicola
John F. Voith, III

2012
Cody Dashiell-Earp
Haley A. Moss
Kalyan Pamarthy
Kathryn F. Sullivan

2013
Ross D. Stern

2014
David C. Fajgenbaum, M.D.

2015
Gil Kaminski

2016
Simon Basseyn

2017
Pankaj Jethwani, M.D.

2018
Shivani Amar
Ariana Chehrazi

2019
Scott Heyman
Ilana Nelson-Greenberg

2020
Natalie Miller
Sandy Varatharajah




































 





Expanding Impact Globally: Support of International Student Programs

In the late 1990s, alumni recognized a gap in the WHCM experience and curriculum related to international health issues. Alumni first addressed the gap by organizing a cultural exchange with China in which a group of alumni traveled to China to study how hospitals there operated. A few years later in 2000, WHCMAA formally supported an effort to address management needs identified by the Cape Town, South Africa Primary Care System through organizing volunteer pro bono consulting. This experience gave alumni an opportunity to mentor students through international health improvement projects, and in that first year 12 alumni and 6 HCM students spent 2 weeks in Cape Town; however, the mentorship dimension continued for one year. The original project expanded and was extended for a total of five years with WHCMAA alumni volunteers organizing each year’s projects in South Africa and taking increasing numbers of students each year to provide mentoring and “on the ground” experience.  The duration of this project allowed the students to organize their own Wharton Global Health Volunteers (WGHV), a student run club within the WHCM program that has continued organizing and operationalizing international health improvement projects for 15 years.  Projects have been completed in Africa, Asia, India, the Caribbean and South America.  For over a decade, WHCMAA has continued to support this initiative with annual grants to the WGHV student club to help cover the cost of participation in the project for at least one student who would otherwise not be able to participate.  In addition, alumni provide project leads and continued mentoring as requested by WGHV students.

Doubling Down: June Kinney Fellowship Scholarship

While the WHCM program was the first MBA program in the country that allowed students to focus in the management of health care enterprises, the program’s success and the success of its alumni over the past four decades resulted in the rapid growth of competing health care management MBA program across the US.  The completion for outstanding students had increased. 

So, in 2013, when WHCMAA asked the WHCM department how it could best apply its resources to address departmental needs, it was identified that the best avenue to pursue would be to establish an additional scholarship that would allow the Director of the program to use to attract the best and the brightest students into the program. The June Kinney Fellowship Scholarship (“The Kinney Scholarship”) was established in 2015 to provide additional financial assistance to an applicant to the WHCM program who was already accepted for admission to Wharton and the WHCM program. The purpose of The Kinney Scholarship is to help the WHCM program retain its premier student body. 

So, WHCMAA undertook another fund-raising effort and raised over $500,000 to establish this second scholarship in honor of June Kinney who has served as WHCM Program Director for over 3 decades.  Each year, the WHCMAA awards one or two incoming students a Kinney scholarship totaling $20,000 with the purpose of supporting HCM’s ability to attract the best applicant who shows “a sense of social mission, as well as leadership characteristics that will both build community within the class and contribute to the societal health care enterprise after graduation.” By offering this scholarship along with an offer of mentoring, WHCMAA contributes to the WHCM program’s ability to attract the best candidates, most of whom have attractive offers from other schools as well.

To contribute to the June Kinney Fellowship click here:
https://giving.apps.upenn.edu/giving/jsp/fast.do?program=WHA&fund=404039


June Kinney Fellowship Awardees

2015
Steven Cupps
Alex Wittenberg

2016
Geoffrey Gusoff
Jonathan Woods

2017
Angela Udemba
Devi Mehrotra

2018
Jenna Ackerman
Elizabeth Morse
Nina Underman