Why become a Glanton Scholarship sponsor?
Our nation is becoming increasingly diverse. Our citizens’ need for competent, caring health care is growing. Americans must invest in a health care workforce that responds to these realities.
Des Moines University’s Glanton Scholarship is a great way to make that critical investment. Awarded to high-achieving minority students in all DMU programs, the scholarship supports the dreams and goals of individuals who will enhance health care in these important ways:
- By supplying the providers we need to serve our growing and aging populations and expanded access to care. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates the nation will face a shortage of 62,900 doctors by 2015.
- By increasing cultural competency in health care. Racial and ethnic minorities continue to suffer from more serious health problems than white individuals due to racism, limited resources and limited access to care.
Opening doors in health careers to more minority individuals counters the provider shortage and reduces racial/ethnic disparities. The Glanton Scholarship has done both for the past decade and will continue to do for years to come. Its powerful impact means better health care and better outcomes for all people.
For more information, contact the development office at 515-271-1387
A couple committed to creating opportunity for all.
The Honorable Luther T. Glanton Jr. and Willie Stevenson Glanton were
lawyers who dedicated their lives to professional leadership, community service and educational opportunity. He was the first African American judge in Iowa; she was the first black female assistant county attorney and the first black individual from Polk County, Iowa, to serve in the Iowa Legislature.
The couple shared a devotion to DMU, too. Judge Glanton joined the University’s Board of Trustees in 1979. When he passed away in 1991, Mrs. Glanton took his place on the board, became its chair in 1999 and served as a member through 2012.
DMU created the Glanton Minority Scholarship in 2004 to honor and exemplify the couple’s belief in justice and education for all. Like the Glantons, donors to this highly needed scholarship expand opportunities for minority students under-represented in health care.