Samuel Ho, M76, arrived at the Tufts University School of Medicine four decades ago on a mission: to improve health care for underserved people. He would go on to design his own program of study in family medicine and, with other students, offer free screenings and referrals for the Greater Boston community at a center in Chinatown. “I remember the gratitude that met us,” Ho recalled. “It meant something that we were there. Showing up, showed we cared.”
Now Ho’s moral compass has brought him back full circle to the School of Medicine, where his philanthropy will give generations of students similar opportunities to serve the underserved. His recent $5.65 million gift will endow the Tufts Student Service Scholars (TS3) program—a training ground for leaders dedicated to transforming health care in partnership with communities—and ensure its future in perpetuity. In honor of his extraordinary support, the TS3 program will be renamed the Sam W. Ho Health Justice Scholars Program.