March 25, 2010
SIU Med School Announces Borkon Scholarship
Melissa D. Bradley, a first-year medical student, has received a monetary award from the Dr. Eli and Claire Borkon Scholarship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Bradley is the ninth individual to receive the award, which is given annually to a student from southern Illinois who is currently enrolled at SIU School of Medicine and has financial need.
Bradley, the daughter of Steven and Sheryl Bradley of Waterloo, is a graduate of Waterloo High School (2003) and Loyola University in Chicago, where she earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees (2009, 2007).
The Borkon Scholarship was established in January 2000. Dr. Borkon was an adjunct professor of physiology at SIU from 1948 to 1970, a department he helped set up. In 1971, he began serving as assistant dean and clinical professor at the medical school in Carbondale until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the search committee that hired the School’s first dean, Dr. Richard H. Moy. He earned his doctorate and medical degrees at the University of Chicago.
Borkon’s son, Dr. William Borkon, is a graduate of SIU’s charter class (1976). He and his sister, Barbara Hewson, are trustees of the Eli Borkon Trust. They personally contribute to the scholarship fund along with friends and former colleagues. Their father passed away in 2002.
Gifts received by the Southern Illinois University Foundation support the growth of the School of Medicine. 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, SIU School of Medicine is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding. The School’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 Web site is www.siumed.edu and its main number is 217-545-8000.