A physician and his wife donated $500,000 to Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier to fund a scholarship that will provide assistance to deserving students entering the university’s College of Eastern Medicine, it was announced Tuesday.
The Kwan Care and Love Scholarship, funded by Dr. Stephen Kwan and his wife, Alice, will provide a minimum of 50 percent tuition assistance to students entering SCU’s College of Eastern Medicine to pursue careers as Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. Recipients will be granted a paid trip to Shandong, China, where they will participate in an externship, learning directly from master TCM practitioners, school officials said.
“While Dr. Stephen Kwan, a respected cardiologist, does not practice Traditional Chinese medicine, he has a strong interest in its philosophy of whole person health,” according to a statement released by SCU. “Mrs. Kwan, a successful real estate professional, has a growing interest in Traditional Chinese medicine.”
Before visiting the school, the Kwans were “under the impression that SCU only offered Traditional Chinese medicine educational opportunities,” according to SCU. “After touring the campus, and meeting with students, faculty and staff, Dr. and Mrs. Kwan were surprised to learn of SCU’s unique integrative healthcare educational model that bridges Eastern and Western medicine.”
The Kwan issued a joint statement regarding their donation.
“Changing healthcare means changing how students entering health professions are educated. We are honored that we can help lead this change with SCU. ”
Founded in 1911, Southern California University of Health Sciences is comprised of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, College of Eastern Medicine, and College of Science and Integrative Health.
–City News Service
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