Stories of Support
After graduating from Johnson State College in 1973, Dr. Richard Daum went on to Harvard University, Cornell University and a career as an internationally renowned cardiologist. However, he has never forgotten where he got his start.
In 2004 Dr. Daum established an endowment to fund scholarships for undergraduate students at JSC who are majoring in health sciences, environmental studies, or wellness and healing arts.
Dr. Daum initially studied English and psychology at JSC with hopes of becoming an English teacher. He later switched over to the pre-med program, which proved to be a wise decision.
"I didn't have much financial backing, and Johnson State helped me out with a scholarship when I went into the pre-med program," he says. "From there, I completed an internship in family psychiatry that eventually inspired me to get into medicine."
Over three decades later, Dr. Daum looks back fondly on his days in Johnson, from the picturesque rural surroundings to the personalized nature of his education.
"I knew my professors and received a lot of one-on-one attention from them," he recalls. "That allowed me to learn a lot more than if I had gone to a larger school. I really had a great experience there."
Recipients of Dr. Daum's scholarship are in need of financial support and show promise of success in life. He takes special pride in knowing the beneficiaries are planning for careers devoted to helping others.
"It's very satisfying to know you're launching people down the road that might ultimately lead to making the world a better place," he says.