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Receiving and giving biology scholarship
Author: Portland State Magazine
Posted: December 18, 2013

A devotion to animals

Morgan Damm, of Oregon City, is a 2013 recipient of the Salmon and Schulmerich Endowed Scholarship. After completing her studies, she would like to open her own veterinary practice and horse rescue operation. 

With a stethoscope often draped around her neck, Morgan works as a technician at a small animal veterinary clinic, volunteers with a donkey rescue operation and shadows her horse’s veterinarian. 

“Medicine is fascinating,” said Morgan. “Animals have been my passion since I was a child and there is nothing I would rather do than work with them. This scholarship gets me that much closer to my dream.”

Making career possible

Alumni couple John Salmon ’67, MA ’72 and Marcia Schulmerich ’69 took their biology degrees and built accomplished careers in healthcare administration. Along the way, they began giving back to PSU, mostly to
                                                                provide scholarships for biology students. 

In 2011, 29 years after their first contribution, the couple made a gift of stock that created the Salmon and Schulmerich Endowed Scholarship to support biology students and post-baccalaureate students preparing for careers in health care. In 2013, they informed PSU that they intend to leave a significant portion of their estate to their scholarship. 

When complete, the Salmon and Schulmerich Endowment will have the capacity to provide nearly a dozen students each year with full-tuition scholarships. Says John, “Portland State gave us the education and opportunities we needed to be successful. It only seems right to pass along those opportunities to the next generation.”