The Presbyterian Health Foundation presented a check for $10,000 to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to support graduate research scholarships at OMRF. The funds represent the proceeds of the second annual Presbyterian Health Foundation/Research Park golf tournament, which took place last month at the Twin Hills Golf and Country Club.
“Raising scholarship funds is consistent with Presbyterian Health Foundation’s mission to support medical education and research,” said tournament organizer J.R. Caton. “We hope the scholarship funds will provide financial assistance to worthy students who will eventually play significant roles in the growth and development of the biotechnology and medical services industries of Oklahoma.”
Tournament participants included: Presbyterian Health Foundation President Michael Anderson, Dennis McGrath, JR Caton, Chip Morgan, Larry Kennedy, Matt Bown, Don Halverstadt, Mike Carolina, Dave Maloney and Bud Miles.
Organizers plan to make the tournament an annual event and increase the scholarship proceeds each successive year. “We would like to close next year’s tournament with $10,000 gifts to both OMRF and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,” Caton said.
The 2008 tournament is scheduled for October 6 at Twin Hills. For more information, contact Caton at (405) 319-8161.
The Presbyterian Health Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) private foundation whose mission is to support medical research in Oklahoma to save and enhance life.
OMRF is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease. Its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease.
In partnership with the University of Oklahoma Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, OMRF’s graduate education programs offer scholarships and mentoring for doctoral students. OMRF currently counts more than 30 Ph.D. students working toward their degrees under the mentorship of OMRF scientists. The students’ work covers a wide spectrum of research areas, from Alzheimer’s disease to the development of the immune system.