Supporting The Next Generation of Creighton Physicians

Supporting The Next Generation of Creighton Physicians

Michael Weaver, BS’60, MD’64, is forever grateful that his dad sent him to Creighton University.

“I graduated from high school (Creighton Prep), and my dad said, ‘Well, Creighton’s a good school; why don’t you go there,’” Weaver said.

He went there. He stayed there: four years as an undergrad, four years as a medical student, another three years of his residency in internal medicine, all at Creighton.

“I have the utmost respect and gratitude for Creighton University,” he said, “for my education and for preparing me for a life as a physician. A Jesuit-educated person has a whole different outlook on life, putting other people first. It’s just a way of life that can’t be topped.”

Over the years, Weaver and his wife, Nancy Weaver, BSMT’63, have expressed their gratitude by making generous gifts to Creighton, including the Dr. Michael J. and Nancy J. Weaver Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Established in 2013, the fund supports medical students with a Creighton undergraduate degree in their third or fourth year of medical school.

The Weavers’ scholarship has benefited five Creighton students so far, including Julie Schaefer, BS’11, MD’15.

Schaefer, now the chief resident of internal medicine at the University of Minnesota, said she chose Creighton for medical school because of the University’s emphasis on values, “being well-rounded, caring for the whole person, being service-oriented.

“The aid,” she said, “allowed me to choose Creighton. The scholarships relieved some of the stress and pressure financially and were the launching point for me being able to do what I wanted to do.”

Scholarships are core to Creighton’s ability to provide deserving students with a service-focused, academically rigorous education rooted in the Jesuit tradition. In fact, 98 percent of Creighton students receive some form of financial aid or scholarships.

Supporting the endowed scholarship, Michael Weaver said, gives him and Nancy a way to establish and maintain a legacy associated with the University they love. But perhaps more important, it helps others experience the same transformational education he did.

“We want to be able to help further educate future doctors in a Jesuit, Catholic tradition,” he said, “which we strongly believe in.”

To make a gift to the School of Medicine general scholarship fund or to learn more about named endowed scholarship funds, visit our website or contact Michon Marcil Abts, Senior Director of Development for the School of Medicine, at MichonAbts [at] creighton [dot] edu or 402.280.1138.