Personal struggle inspires alumna to give back

CU-Anschutz Medical Campus

Mary E. Mercer

Mary E. Mercer, MD, '43

When Mary E. Mercer, MD '43, enrolled in the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1932, she only had $250 to her name. Several times Mary was forced to suspend her studies in order to find time to earn tuition money. As a result, it took her 11 years to graduate.

To help future students in similar circumstances, Mary set aside $500,000 of her estate to support students who go through personal emergencies that might otherwise prevent them from graduating.