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"I feel blessed to have Dr. Vagelos helping me. He really makes you feel he cares."
— Rosa Mendoza
Photo credit: Bob Handelman
A philanthropic leader at Columbia University Medical Center spends time as well as money to give deserving medical students a healthy dose of opportunity.

Raised on a small farm in El Salvador, Rosa Mendoza came to the United States as a youngster. “My parents didn’t get to go to school,” she said. “They wanted me to do better.” Now the former major in molecular biology at Princeton University is in her first year of medical school at the Columbia University Medical Center, thanks to her Vagelos scholarship – and mentoring from Dr. Vagelos himself. “He makes time for you,” she says. “He really makes you feel he cares about you and your future.”

Meet The Donor: Diana '55BC and P. Roy ’54PS Vagelos

Pharmaceutical industry leader P. Roy Vagelos, M.D. ’54PS, and his wife Diana Vagelos, a 1955 graduate of Barnard College, are unstinting supporters of the University. The Roy and Diana Vagelos Scholarship at the College of Physicians and Surgeons helps ensure deserving students have opportunities to achieve their potential — making the world better for all of us. Dr. and Mrs. Vagelos reaffirmed their commitment to the University with a $50 million gift for a new medical and graduate education building.


“We are training the doctors who will deliver medical care, the scientists who will perform groundbreaking scientific research, and the teachers who will help train the future generation of physicians and scientists,” said Dr. Vagelos. “It is important that their educational facilities be as exciting as medical science is today."



Published: June 2011