With a gift to the Fitzbutler Jones Society Opportunity Fund, you can support University of Michigan Medical School students who are seeking ways to promote diversity in medicine.
This fund will provide students with materials needed for research projects, cover fees associated with participating in conferences or workshops, pay for travel costs, and share resources for other activities that champion equity and inclusion.
Please join us in launching the Fitzbutler Jones Society Opportunity Fund. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to build a strong foundation that will benefit current and future students.
Your contribution will help develop important opportunities that allow U-M medical students to grow their knowledge, advance their careers, and make a difference in the lives of others.
The Fitzbutler Jones Society was established at U-M in 1997 to connect African American alumni, former residents, and previous fellows, while providing scholarship support and mentorship to current and future students.
The organization honors the achievements, commitment, and mission of William Henry Fitzbutler (M.D. 1872) and Sophia Bethena Jones (M.D. 1885). Drs. Fitzbutler and Jones were the first African American graduates of the U-M Medical School, and dedicated their lives and careers to advancing opportunities for African Americans in medicine.
After graduating from U-M, Dr. Fitzbutler became the first African American physician in Louisville, Kentucky, where he served the 18,000 black residents of the city. He would later establish the Louisville National Medical College to give black students a place to study medicine.
Dr. Jones joined the faculty at Spelman College in Atlanta, where she established the college’s nurse training course. She went on to practice medicine in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Missouri, devoting her life and work to promoting good health among African Americans. Thank you for your consideration and support!