December 10, 2013
SIU Med School Announces Burkhart Scholarship
John Owen, a second-year medical student, has received a monetary award from the Kate Burkhart Medical Scholarship Endowment at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Owen is the son of John and Cindy Owen of Paonia, Colo. He is a graduate of Alliance Academy in Quito, Equador (1998), Illinois Central College in East Peoria (2009) and Bradley University in Peoria, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry (2011).
The Burkhart scholarship was established in 2003 by Kate Burkhart Daniel, a 1938 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Her grandfather, James Monroe Burkhart, was a trustee of the university in the 1890s when it was called Southern Illinois Normal University. Her father, Carl Burkhart, was an 1897 graduate.
Financial gifts support the growth of the School of Medicine through scholarships, education, patient care and research. Individuals interested in making a donation can contact the SIU Foundation office at 217-545-2955 weekdays or www.siumed.edu/foundation.
Established in 1970, the SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu and its main number is 217-545-8000.