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8COMMUNIQUWINTER2015MUKHERJIESTABLISHESSCHOLARSHIPTOPROVIDELASTINGTRIBUTETOPHYSICIANPARENTSTheChandraandPhatickMukherjiMemorialScholarshipDr.ChandraMukherjileftposeswithherhusbandDr.PhatrickMukherjifarrightandsonSureshathisweddingtoDr.RitaPatelsecondfromright.byLauraProbynHemaybearecentarrivalinEastLansingbywayofAnnArborbutSureshMukherjiwhobecameprofessorandDepartmentofRadiologychairpersonin2013issoappreciativeoftheopportunitiesthattheuniversityhasofferedhimandcountlessothersbywayofitsland-grantmissionthathehasestablishedanendowedscholarshiphere.ItsnamedinhonorofhisparentsphysicianswhobothemigratedfromIndiatotheU.S.andmetaftertheyarrivedinChicago.ThetwofoundtheirwaytoLouisvilleKentuckywhereChandraanobgynandPhatickapediatricianraisedtheirson.Theyemphasizedthevalueofagoodeducationandmadeitaprioritytogivehimeveryopportunitythattheycould.TheydidnothavealotofmoneywhentheycameoverbuteducationwasprimafacieforthemMukherjisays.TheyreallyfeltthisTHEREISTHISADAGETHATSAYSTHEONLYPEOPLEWHOREALLYREMEMBERYOUAREYOURKIDSANDITHINKPARTOFTHEREMEMBRANCETHATIDLIKETOHAVEFORMYPARENTSATLEASTFORASLONGASMSUANDTHECOLLEGEOFOSTEOPATHICMEDICINEAREHEREISTHATTHEYWILLALWAYSBEREMEMBEREDLONGAFTERIMGONELONGAFTERMYKIDSAREGONETHERESALWAYSGOINGTOBEAREMEMBRANCEOFTHEIRNAMES.-SureshMukherjiihewasaveryimportantgoalintheirlivesasdomostparentsofIndianoriginthattheirchildrenhavethebesteducationpossible.ItwasalessonthatSureshtooktoheartanditwasonhismindthispastspringwhenheattendedtheMSUCOMscholarshipdinner.Iwasreallyimpressednotonlybythelevelofphilanthropybutalsothepridethatwasclearlyvisibleintheawardeeshesays.AttendingthateventandseeingwhatadifferencewecouldmakeinyoungphysiciansliveshelpingtheminsomesmallparttoachievetheirgoalofgraduatingfrommedicalschoolandalsohavingthemeanstocreatesomethinginwhichmyparentswillberememberedinperpetuityIthoughtwasextraordinarilyimportant.Asaresultbeginningin2015theChandraandPhatickMukherjiMemorialScholarshipwillbeofferedannuallytooneMSUCOMstudent.Sureshhopestorewardexcellentstudentswithnancialneed.Wewanttogivetheawardtothosewhoareexcellingacademicallybutmaynothavethemeanstomeetalloftheirnancialobligations.Wefeelthisapproachwillhavethemostimpactasitwillpermitthoseindividualswhohavethetalentbutmaynothavethechanceduetonancialconstraintstobephysicians.InadditiontoprovidingamonetaryboostMukherjihopesthattheawardwillalsoprovidevaluablesupporttotheawardeeinthispivotaltimeoftheirtrainingthatcomeswithsuchrecognition.Asayoungpersonyouhavealotofinterestingideasheexplains.Thetailwindthatcontinuestoenableyoutopersevereisthesupportyoureceivefromyourfriendsfamilypeersandincreasinglyphilanthropists.Wehopethisawardwillbothrewardandvalidatethesacricesthestudentshavealreadymadeandwillmaketoreachtheirultimategoal.WhenIseesomeonechosentoreceiveoneoftheseawardsthe