Elizabeth F. Pearce Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Elizabeth F. Pearce in 1996 by the estate of her grandniece, Ann Michele Dekle, M.D. The scholarship honors Ms. Pearce, who inspired Dr. Dekle to attend medical school. In 1916, Ms. Pearce became the first person in her family to graduate from college. She then helped younger family members pay their tuitions. Ms. Pearce was overjoyed when her grandniece graduated from the UW School of Medicine in 1974, and thrilled “to have a doctor in the family.” Shortly before Dr. Dekle died in 1994, she willed a portion of her estate to the UW School of Medicine in appreciation of her teachers and her education. She requested that an endowed scholarship be created in her great-aunt’s memory. The bequest continues Dr. Dekle’s and Ms. Pearce’s strong support for the education of future generations.