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By Dr. James M. Dahle, WCI Founder

Splash June 2022

The WCI Scholarship has a number of functions. Certain, its foremost goal is to instantly scale back the indebtedness of some medical/skilled college students so they do not begin out fairly thus far behind the 8 ball after they end their training and coaching. Nonetheless, additionally it is a approach for us to present again to the neighborhood that has given us a lot. It additionally serves to spice up monetary literacy amongst medical and dental college students, though not fairly as instantly because the WCI Champions program (hey first-year med college students: look ahead to an announcement about this program subsequent week).

A couple of years in the past, we began dividing the scholarship proceeds between winners with tremendous inspirational tales and people who submitted a monetary essay. We did this for 2 causes. First, many of the winners within the inspirational class have such unbelievable tales that they’re already on a partial or full scholarship for medical college, and we needed to unfold the love a bit. Second, we additionally need to promote monetary literacy amongst college students. This yr, we once more have 5 grand prize winners within the “Monetary” class. If you happen to missed yesterday’s Inspirational essays, be certain to return and browse that publish.

This yr’s contest noticed 701 submissions—509 within the inspirational class and 192 within the monetary class. All 10 of those people are grand prize winners and break up the pot of $78,410 evenly. Every winner takes residence $7,841. Sure, we have already got verified every winner is a scholar in good standing at their establishment.

Earlier than we get to the essays, let’s, as soon as once more, thank our sponsors for contributing to the scholarship.

Platinum Stage Contributors ($8,000 or extra)

The White Coat Investor, LLC
Larry Keller (Doctor Monetary Companies) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Bob Bhayani (Dr Incapacity Quotes) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Laurel Highway – Scholar Mortgage Refinancing
Paul Sundin (Emparion) – Office Retirement Plans
Dr. Stephanie Pearson (PearsonRavitz) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage

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Gold Stage Contributors ($1,500 or extra)

Jon Appino (Contract Diagnostics) – Contract Overview/Negotiation
Chad Chubb (WealthKeel LLC) – Monetary Advising
Robert Kaplan (Kaplan Monetary) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Sample – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Michael Relvas (MR Insurance coverage) – Incapacity and Life Insurance coverage
Dr. Robinson (Medical doctors Help Medical doctors, LLC) – Contract Overview/Profession Recommendation
Josh Mettle (Neo Residence Loans) – Doctor Mortgage Loans
Johanna Turner (Fox and Firm Wealth Administration) – Monetary Advising

Silver Stage Contributors 

Sandi Frith (Huntington Financial institution) – Doctor Mortgage Loans
Thomas Hackett (NW Legacy Regulation) – Property Planning

Bronze Stage Contributors

Joseph Hinton
Miracle Uzoekwe

We additionally need to prolong a particular thanks to the handfuls of volunteer judges, none of whom are a part of the WCI workers.  The winners on this contest are chosen earlier than I ever learn any of the essays. Listed here are the winners within the Monetary class for this yr.


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Brayden Gaston

What Occurs When an eighth Grader Finds Mustachianism — Brayden Gaston

Our first winner on this class is Brayden Gaston, a medical scholar on the College of Virginia. Brayden’s dad and mom lived what many people outside individuals name “the dream.” They had been ski bums. Sadly, that had monetary penalties that affected Brayden. Then, he found the FIRE motion. We normally hear about FIRE people beginning after they end school, not in center college. Brayden’s essay is about what occurs after they do. Here is an excerpt:

“One buddy of mine received hooked as nicely, and shortly, we had been dedicated to the trigger. We biked to high school to avoid wasting fuel, realized to cook dinner to cease consuming out as a lot, and saved observe of our money stream. I used to be working part-time jobs babysitting, canine strolling, and spending hours with a knife in my hand as a prep cook dinner. I noticed every greenback as a chance, so I saved them—virtually each single one. However I additionally knew I wasn’t making my {dollars} work for me. I needed to start out investing, however neither of my dad and mom had arrange a school financial savings account for me, not to mention any sort of retirement investing account. So, I did the analysis and pleaded with my mother to assist me set one up, and at 16 with $500, I purchased my first share of AAPL. From then on, I used to be hooked.

When children my age had been monitoring Instagram likes and Fb posts, I used to be monitoring my ticker costs and studying concerning the subsequent IPO drops. I wasn’t ever a kind of inventory guru children that catches a unicorn and makes $100,000, however it felt good to remain within the inexperienced and save what I made. I nonetheless had tons of enjoyable, performed three sports activities, and partied greater than I ought to’ve. However I sacrificed so much in highschool . . . Like most everybody else there, I used to be residing on a decent price range, however I thrived on that price range, loving every probability to develop expertise and existence that supported me emotionally and financially. Freshman yr, I offered do-it-yourself soup and kombucha out of my dorm room . . . As I head into this subsequent chapter of my MS1 yr, I’m each excited and nervous . . . Excited for the monetary alternatives and doable freedoms my MD will afford me however nervous for the seemingly inevitable quantity of scholar mortgage debt I used to be capable of keep away from from my undergrad.

I realized so much from my upbringing—many classes on tips on how to stay nicely and typically how to not. I realized from my friends and my dad and mom, from books and blogs, mentors and coaches. I do know I’ve received a good monetary basis, and I’ve constructed life-style practices that hold me wholesome whereas saving cash.”

Learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Allison Jue

Some Issues Are Extra Essential Than Cash — Allison Jue

Allison Jue, a medical scholar at Temple, was our subsequent winner. She begins her essay out by writing about her mom, who shouldn’t be rich, and used her life to remind us that some issues are extra essential than constructing wealth. The second a part of her essay is a wonderful demonstration of how a medical scholar can scale back their indebtedness by residing frugally. Here is an excerpt:

“My mom has made many poor—maybe even catastrophic—monetary selections all through her grownup life. They’ve left her with monumental money owed, little to no retirement financial savings, and a cloudy forecast of working till the tip of her days. If you happen to checked out her checking account and bank card statements alone, you would possibly suppose she was grossly irresponsible. However you’d be fallacious. She made many troublesome selections with monetary repercussions, however they had been made for virtuous causes . . . As soon as begun, it’s not troublesome to stay on a stringent allowance. I’m now used to resisting needed (however unneeded) purchases, and I’m dedicated to residing this manner by way of the remainder of medical college, my residency, and as a few years mandatory as an attending till my loans are absolutely repaid. Turning into financially unbiased isn’t my objective simply to have the cash my mom by no means did. Monetary safety is freedom. Greater than that, I’ve an obligation to change into financially unbiased so that cash is rarely the only real purpose for any resolution I make.”

Learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Josiah Warner

Make the Humbling Decisions Now — Josiah Warner

Our subsequent winner is Josiah Warner, a medical scholar at Western College of Well being Sciences. Josiah is married with 2.5 children who “will get it” with regards to the significance of docs having their monetary geese in a row. Here is an excerpt from his essay:

“This previous month, my spouse and I sat down to determine if we may afford ballet classes for our daughter. It was humbling to appreciate that regardless of our years of frugality—each in preparation for and all through the primary three years of medical college— that the $40-per-month classes had been nicely past our means. However, as a result of we have now invested time into understanding our monetary outlook earlier than even entering into medical college, we have now had only a few monetary surprises by way of the years. We all know that this humbling second is simply non permanent . . . After graduating and marrying the neatest woman in my class, we each selected to remain in our small school city for 2 years, saving up sufficient to pay money for my post-baccalaureate program. Whereas juggling the depth of cramming all the pre-requisite programs into 15 months whereas volunteering, I researched the funds of medical college . . .

Sudden issues, like waking up at 5am to go to the hospital on your shift solely to seek out your paid-off car stolen, are very difficult. As a “physician in coaching,” it may be tempting to suppose you need to be residing a special life-style, and social media has not made that any simpler. However realizing which you could cowl your bills and have a pathway on tips on how to change into financially unbiased are price greater than a elaborate pair of scrubs or a visit to Belize . . . Life doesn’t cease throughout medical college, and though funds are a elementary a part of this occupation, concern or nervousness about them shouldn’t overwhelm you from residing or studying tips on how to carry the load that comes with that enviable white coat. So as to maintain individuals—and your self—work to know the monetary features of your medical training. Determine it out now, and make the humbling selections now, as a way to have sufficient time, power, and emotional (in addition to monetary) capital to spend it the place it issues.”

Might a tiny piece of this scholarship pay for these ballet classes! Learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Rosemary Vergara

A Very Lengthy-Time period Funding — Rosemary Vergara

Rosemary Vergara is our second winner this yr from among the many medical college students at Western Michigan. She writes an inspiring story about her dad and mom, their desires, and their funds. She then asks for slightly reduction from the burdens she is going through. I am glad to see the judges noticed match to grant it. Here is an excerpt:

“My mom by no means achieved her restaurant, and my father by no means grew to become an agricultural engineer. As an alternative, she labored at totally different fast-food chains, and he labored for the USPS . . . ‘I requested this retired heart specialist on my route what you want for medical college. He says you want one thing referred to as the MCAT,’ my dad would share as he handed the tortillas and queso fresco. ‘That’s proper Meri, you change into a physician para que no dependas ni de un hombre ni de nadie,’ my mother would add. To not depend upon anybody, particularly not a person. That one sentence was the end result of my monetary data: my solely objective . . . He sat me down on the sting of the mattress and started to beg for forgiveness. Tears began streaming down his face as he defined we had been about to lose the home. He requested me to forgive him for struggling together with his duties as a father . . . All I may consider was how egocentric I used to be for staying at school, to have the audacity and to dare pursue an training whereas I needs to be working full time. However within the true unconditional love of a mom and father, they mentioned they might relatively be homeless than see their daughter not graduate from school . . .

Whereas I ascend in my profession, my dad and mom nonetheless stay paycheck to paycheck and fear about how they may make their month-to-month bank card funds. My dad grew to become in poor health, so I legally grew to become his monetary energy of legal professional. A part of my routine now, in between finding out, is to name him no less than as soon as a day and guarantee him there’s sufficient cash in his checking account. My job is to sound calm as I communicate, however after I get off the telephone, the truth is I’m usually paralyzed in worry. I run to my laptop computer and crunch numbers on my Excel sheet, planning months into the longer term. Did I put aside “abc” from his Social Safety verify to pay the housing taxes in November? Did I account for “xyz” from his pension verify to go towards the automobile insurance coverage in Might? . . . With out the assistance of meals stamps and Medicaid, I have no idea if I’d find the money for to pay all my payments on my scholar price range. With that mentioned, I’m past privileged and grateful to stay out my desires at one of the crucial superb medical faculties within the nation. I’ve this privilege in a approach my dad and mom didn’t . . . Whereas I’m keen to outwork even myself, I may simply use slightly assist; my very own little pillar to brace in opposition to for a breather.”

Learn the remainder of the essay right here.


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Tracy Tang

Third Time Is the Appeal — Tracy Tang

Tracy Tang, a medical scholar on the College of Texas, is our ultimate winner this yr. Tracy grew up poor, however that does not imply her dad and mom did not educate her quite a lot of significant monetary classes. Here is an excerpt:

“I knew I had no fallback, so I took it upon myself to learn books on tips on how to price range, save, handle debt, and make investments. I verify my credit score rating routinely, repay all my bank cards each month, borrow as little cash as doable, and commonly learn monetary blogs— together with WCI—to find out about how totally different physicians handle their funds. I’m making use of for as many scholarships as doable to cut back my debt for medical college. Medical college students love to speak concerning the extracurriculars they’re concerned in or what number of Anki playing cards they’ve left for the day, however point out cash administration or loans, and the room turns into uncomfortably silent. I’ve heard, ‘It’s OK, we don’t want to fret about funds. We’ll make sufficient cash to pay all of it again later.’ I’m horrified by the lack of know-how in these feedback . . .

Throughout one of the crucial influential talks I attended, the speaker launched the time period, ‘sweat fairness,’ which primarily means the effort and time you place into growing one thing with out financial return. This will imply taking the time to develop relationships, displaying as much as occasions and introducing your self, or spending time doing all of your analysis earlier than making use of to one thing. For instance, I’m making use of for the WCI Scholarship. Did I take the time to learn all of the earlier successful essays? You wager I did . . . Sadly, typically issues don’t pan out even while you attempt your greatest, and that’s OK, too. It’s essential to understand the expansion that comes with the method. I’ve utilized to ~100 scholarships and have gained perhaps 10. That’s 90 rejections. My rule of thumb is to use to every part 3 times earlier than calling it quits (I nonetheless have another yr to attempt once more for the WCI Medical Faculty Scholarship!). The method of monetary independence, and life, isn’t linear.”

Nicely Tracy, the third time actually was the attraction for you and the WCI Scholarship. Congrats! Learn the remainder of the essay right here.


Congratulations to all the winners this yr within the monetary class. Your complete WCI neighborhood, together with Katie and I, are rooting on your success!

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