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Easing the Burden

Scholarship Fund Will Help Students Overcome Financial Barriers

Dr. David Amrani

Dr. David Amrani spoke to scholarship recipients, their families and donors at the November 2012 UWM Scholarship Reception.

One immigrant family’s passion for educational opportunity is making it possible for students in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s College of Health Sciences to achieve their dreams of pursuing scientific research.

David Amrani, Ph.D. has established the Molly Yeffeth Krain and Irwin Amrani Scholarship for high achieving students accepted into the College’s biomedical sciences, cytotechnology or medical technology programs. David’s annual gifts currently support the scholarship, and a generous gift from his estate will ensure that the scholarship becomes a permanent legacy.

David credits many others for his educational and professional achievements.

“My uncle Irwin was a very special person in my life,” he says. “He always encouraged me to succeed in college and beyond. My mother sacrificed everything for her children. Getting an education was of paramount importance to her. I was the first member of my immigrant family to go to college, let alone get an advanced professional degree.”

David recently retired from Baxter Healthcare as senior research director of Research and Development. At Baxter, he had led the advanced hemocompatibility and cellular therapies programs. Before joining Baxter, he served on the faculty of UWM’s College of Health Sciences from 1987 to 1997, becoming full professor in 1991.

David’s decision to include UWM’s College of Health Sciences in his estate plans stems in part from his loyalty to UWM and the good friends he made here. However, his primary motivation is helping talented students overcome financial barriers to their success.

“Most UWM students have to work while they study. I had to do the same, so I truly appreciate the difficulty involved in succeeding under those circumstances. If this scholarship fund eases the burden of even one student per year, this will be accomplishment enough for me.”

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