USF Foundation Board Member, Wife Fund MCAT Prep Class
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2010) – Realizing the dream of attending Medical School is now one step closer for many students of the University of South Florida’s Honors College. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Shaukat Chowdhari, a new member of both the USF Foundation Board of Directors and the USF Unstoppable Campaign cabinet, and his wife Dr. Antonina Chowdhari, deserving Honors College students will be able to take a Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Preparation Class for free.
The class, which begins this week, helps students prepare to take the grueling medical school entrance exam. Similar classes normally cost $2,000 or more, a cost that’s prohibitive for most college students.
“We know the actual value this prep course will provide the student is worth many times the cost of attendance,” said Dr. Chowdhari. “By providing deserving students this opportunity, I’m confident we’re opening doors to future success.”
USF Honors College Dean Stuart Silverman said the Chowdharis’ $130,000 gift will strengthen the next generation of doctors.
“The Chowdhari family has made it possible for economically disadvantaged students to have the same opportunity to prepare for the MCAT that their peers enjoy,” said Silverman. “As a result, medical schools will have even more qualified applicants to choose from and all of us will benefit from better medical care.”
The Chowdharis, both physicians, hold a soft spot for MCAT preparation courses. It was at a similar class that they first met.
The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.