Fred and Sheryl Claire Scholarship Fund

Support the Fred and Sheryl Claire Scholarship Fund

Fred and Sheryl Claire Scholarship Fund

Invest in the Future Medical Research Pioneers. 


Join Fred Claire, former Dodgers executive vice-president and general manager, in supporting scholarships for students conducting research in head and neck cancers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.


Fred has battled head and neck cancer since the summer of 2016. Head and neck cancers include cancers in the larynx, throat, lips, mouth, nose, and salivary gland, which can cause side effects including coping with changes in your eating, loss of voice, breathing and speech issues, and managing pain. The rate for such cancers is rising among middle-aged Americans and is now the sixth most common cancer worldwide.


In an effort to raise awareness and to find new ways to fight cancer, Fred joined USC alumnus, Kurt Colicchio ’87, to establish the Fred and Sheryl Claire Scholarship Fund to support medical students conducting a year of dedicated research in head and neck cancers


Fred has a close connection to USC after his long and successful career as an executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to 1998. He was the executive vice-president and general manager when the Dodgers won the World Series in 1988. In 1999, Fred began a college teaching career as an adjunct professor at USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, joining Professor Jeff Fellenzer in launching the first large sports-themed class at the university, “Sports, Business and Media in Today’s Society.” Fred also helped establish the sports management graduate program at California State University, Long Beach and the first ever sports business class at Caltech.


The Keck School of Medicine is one of the few premier academic institutions where cutting-edge research and teaching are seamlessly intertwined. All students are encouraged to add a fifth year to their training to conduct research capable of revolutionizing human health under the mentorship of expert Keck faculty. This research year is key to launching students into careers as physician-scientists, leaders who harness clinical experiences to improve treatments and develop cures. 


We hope you will join Fred and Kurt by investing in our future medical research pioneers as they work to find new ways to fight Head and Neck Cancers.