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William Farnsworth Loomis '37, of Tuxedo Park, New York, has achieved the distinction of becoming the first Harvard man to enter the Medical School under the University's "long term" scholarship policy as it will be inaugurated next fall.
Together will Ward S. Fowler and Carl C. Gardner, Jr., Seniors at Swarthmore and Vanderbilt, Loomis was picked as one of the three outstanding candidates for admission to the local doctor's incubator.
It seemed unlikely last night that he would be able to benefit financially from the provisions of the Graduate School version of the National Scholarship plan. One of the few strings attached to the award, as quoted in last night's official release, is that "students will be expected to remain single while receiving the stipends." Loomis is engaged and expecting to marry in June. However, a possible refusal of the award would not necessarily arise from this cause.
Probable explanation of the honor in his case lies in the fact that every applicant for admission to the Medical School is automatically considered as a candidate for the "sliding scale" prize awards. This contrasts to the system in the College and Schools of Arts and Sciences and of Design, where the plan is also in effect, and where students make special application for the fellowships.
As an undergraduate Loomis ranks high in the honor group in biochemistry, belonged to the ski team, and is an officer of the Mountaineering Club.
Importance of Tercentenary Gifts
Introduction of the scholarship plan in the Medical School hinged largely on last year's Tercentenary Fund gifts. Notable grants included one of $100,000 from Edward S. Harkness and $25,000 from Daniel F. Jones '92, of Boston.
With the money now available, it is planned to award at least two of these fellowships a year. The method basing its remunerations on ability, character, and record without regard to financial need, carries the "sliding scale" feature and will take a man through the four year course on a maximum yearly award of $1200.
The money given is adjusted annually with the view of providing against a man's "working his way through."
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