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November 29, 2010

SIU Med School Announces Burkhart Scholarship

Stephanie Gadbois, a third-year medical student, has received a monetary award from the Kate Burkhart Medical Scholarship Endowment at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The scholarship is given to a medical student who has financial need. 

Gadbois is the daughter of David and Mary Kruger of Rantoul.  She and her husband Calvin Clay, also of Rantoul, have two children, Antonio (10) and Isaiah (3).  She is a graduate of Herscher High School (1991), the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s degree (1998), and Tulane University, where she earned her master’s of public health (2000).  

The Burkhart scholarship was established in 2003 by Kate Burkhart Daniel, a 1938 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Her grandfather, James Monroe Burkhart, was a trustee of the university in the 1890s when it was called Southern Illinois Normal University and her father, Carl Burkhart, was an 1897 graduate. 

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 online at    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 and its main number is 217-545-8000.