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Scholarship in Memory of Student to Help Others Reach 'Full Potential'

Leeseberg & Valentine would like to express our gratitude at being able to assist Neal Aquino's family in obtaining a settlement that has helped them establish a fund in his honor and memory.

When Alumni Weekend takes place May 13-15, 2011, an alum from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine will be noticeably absent, and dearly missed: Neal Aquino, MD, who passed away from surgical complications in 2007.

To honor Aquino's memory and his affinity for his alma mater, his family-Nestor Aquino, MD, a Cincinnati anesthesiologist, his mother, Althea, and sister, Aileen-have seeded a scholarship fund in Neal's name with $50,000 to assist other aspiring physicians with the cost of attending the UC College of Medicine.

When asked to put into words what the College of Medicine meant to her brother, Aileen Aquino eloquently wrote, "From a young age, Neal Aquino knew he wanted to be a doctor...The years he spent at UC in medical school were some of the best, most challenging, yet truly rewarding experiences in his life."

Aquino's was indeed a lifetime of great experiences, even before medical school. This brilliant young man began reading at the age of 3, skipped two grades at Covington Latin School and earned double degrees (and two minors) from Xavier University before enrolling in medical school at age 20.

"Our wish is to keep Neal's memory alive by helping exceptional students reach their full potential and, like Neal, achieve their goals," he says.

By Angela Koenig
Bulletin / UC College of Medicine Medical Alumni Association March 2011 Student Life and Scholarships

For more information on how to contribute contact Dawn Perrin, director of development/educational initiatives, at 513-558-2304 or e-mail her at dawn.perrin@uc.edu.

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