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McMullan Family Nurtures Education In and Around Rush

The McMullan family has a long history of supporting education. The late Jim McMullan, a longtime friend and donor to Rush, developed a scholarship program for his high school in Newton, Mississippi, before he moved his family to Chicago in 1969. Today, his family continues to do the same. 

“It’s long been important to us to stay connected to this community and help build it up,” said Madeleine McMullan, Jim’s wife.

The family — Madeleine McMullan and daughters, Carlette McMullan and Margaret McMullan — have chosen to support Rush’s Building Healthy Urban Communities initiative, which is partially funded by BMO Harris Bank. A commitment from the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation will provide scholarships for Malcolm X College students enrolled in the joint Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program with Rush University’s College of Health Sciences.

The BSHS program serves as a bridge from community college to university, offering qualified students from underserved communities a full complement of coursework to position them for acceptance into health sciences graduate professional degree programs.

These scholarships, named in honor of Jim McMullan’s longtime physician, Carl Eybel, MD, are the family’s latest in a series of gifts supporting a range of areas at Rush. 

The James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation also has supported orthopedic oncology research in honor of Steven Gitelis, MD; an endowed chair in cardiology, also in honor of Eybel; and a cardiac catheterization lab in the Rush Tower hospital facility named in honor of Eybel as well.

In fact, Rush’s Tower inspired the family to help students on Chicago’s West Side to pursue careers in health care.

“It became particularly important with this beautiful, new hospital to ask, ‘How does this connect with the community that needs help?’” said Carlette McMullan, who is a member of Rush’s Woman’s Board and the Rush Heart and Vascular Institute Leadership Committee. “How can local residents benefit from this extraordinary institution and, more important, get an education that will help position them for jobs in health care?”

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