Jim and Toni Campton have established the first endowed scholarship to benefit the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, the Campton Family Endowed Scholarship.
This legacy scholarship was made in memory of Jim’s late parents, Roy and Sadie Campton, and his older brother, Dennis G. Campton, MD. Dr. Campton was a prominent physician in Las Vegas during its early years and a driving force behind the creation of the hospital in Pahrump. Since Jim’s parents never had the advantages in life that he and his siblings have had, Jim and Toni created this scholarship to help medical students obtain their degrees, so they, in turn, can continue to help others as physicians. As an endowed fund, the scholarship will make awards in perpetuity.
Jim and Toni met in 1958 in Okinawa while Jim was stationed there in the U. S. Navy. They married in 1959, moved back to the U.S., and called Phoenix home until they moved to Las Vegas in 1976. Jim earned a B.S. in Business Administration from UNLV in 1982. Toni, formerly Takamine Toshiko, had been a bank teller in Okinawa, and according to Jim, “She is the force that made us save regularly and control our credit spending. Careful investing has allowed us to make this contribution.”
By making monthly purchases of Southwest Gas stock through their utility statements, the Camptons’ holdings grew significantly over the years. Thanks to an astute suggestion by their financial planner, Vince C. J. Eckelkamp, CFP, and their financial advisor, Craig Lyman, the Camptons were able to create this permanent tribute to his family by making a gift of stock to the UNLV Foundation.
“We are humbled by this thoughtful and forward-thinking investment in our community’s health care,” notes Shawn L. Gerstenberger, Ph.D., acting dean of the medical school. “What a fitting way to honor the Campton Family name by providing scholarships to educate our state’s future physicians."
If you are interested in learning more about endowed scholarships or how stock gifts can be a smart, tax-advantaged way to make a philanthropic investment, please contact Jeffrie Jones, Director of Development, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, at 702-895-0483, or email her at email@example.com.