TMA Minority Scholarship Program

Nine minority college students planning to enter a Texas medical school this fall each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the nation’s largest state medical association.

TMA announced the student scholarship winners at TexMed 2010, the association’s annual conference, held April 29-May 1 in Fort Worth. Since 1999, TMA has awarded 56 scholarships totaling $280,000 to encourage outstanding minority students to enter the medical profession and to help meet the medical needs of Texas’ diverse population.

TMA selected the scholarship recipients from a highly competitive pool of 128 minority student applicants. Each honoree demonstrated outstanding community service, health care experience, and academic standings.

The nine scholarships are made possible through a grant from the association’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, thanks to generous gifts from physicians and their families, and institutional friends of medicine.

Increasing Access to Texas Medicine

Nine minority college students planning to enter a Texas medical school this fall each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA), the nation’s largest state medical association.

TMA announced the student scholarship winners at TexMed 2010, the association’s annual conference, held April 29-May 1 in Fort Worth. Since 1999, TMA has awarded 56 scholarships totaling $280,000 to encourage outstanding minority students to enter the medical profession and to help meet the medical needs of Texas’ diverse population.

TMA selected the scholarship recipients from a highly competitive pool of 128 minority student applicants. Each honoree demonstrated outstanding community service, health care experience, and academic standings.

The nine scholarships are made possible through a grant from the association’s philanthropic arm, the TMA Foundation, thanks to generous gifts from physicians and their families, and institutional friends of medicine.

2010 TMA Minority Scholarship Recipients

Rikki Baldwin will enter The University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center at Fort Worth and hopes to improve women's health through a medical practice in obstetrics/gynecology in Montgomery County. She earned a bachlor of science in human biology from Brown University in 2007.  Her scholarship is supported by the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society, and physicians and their families.

Ashundra Castle hopes to become an obstetrician-gynecologist after graduating from The University of Texas Medical Branch. She earned her bachelor of science in biology at Lamar University in Beaumont where she was active in the American Medical Student Association and Minority Health & Medical Student Association and served as the Kaplan MCAT representative. Catherine L. Scholl, MD, provided her scholarship.

Rose Cortina hails from Edinburg, and has shadowed several doctors in that community. She is entering Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine this fall with plans to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology from Texas A&M University in 2008, and has numerous hours of volunteer service, including medical missions to Mexico. Her scholarship is provided by Wendell D. Daniels, MD, in memory of Welton Brown; Dr. Donald and Mrs. Doris A. Johnson; Dr. and Mrs. Mark J. Kubala; and Dr. and Mrs. Jim and Charli Rohack.

Amanda Little already has a well-rounded, health-education background. She is an AmeriCorps member for the National AIDS Fund and spent a semester independently surveying public health issues among Amazonian cultures in Ecuador. She is a member of the Black Pre-Medical Society. She will receive her bachelor of arts from Washington University, in St. Louis, Mo., and will attend Baylor College of Medicine in the fall with hopes of becoming a primary care physician. The following county medical societies provided donations for her scholarship: Dallas, El Paso, Harris, McLennan, and Travis.

Elaine Odiase is a Student Nation Medical Association scholar and a certified nursing assistant. She completed two six-week medical internships at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She will graduate from The University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor of science in biology and is attending The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. James T. and Mrs. Cecilia S. Norwood provided her scholarship.

Walberto Resendez will become the first in his family to graduate from college when he earns his bachelor of science in biology from Texas Christian University. He has extensive experience observing physicians and jump-started his medical education with two summers in the joint admission medical school program. He wants to practice family or internal medicine after graduating from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. H-E-B provided his scholarship.

Hayden Roan will enter the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center this fall with the goal of returning to her East Texas roots to practice family medicine. She shadowed physicians in Lubbock, and was president of Impact Tech, a student-led health education initiative. Her community service includes Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and Relay for Life. She will earn a bachelor of arts in psychology from Texas Tech University. The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation provided her scholarship.

Priscilla Rocha will be the first in her family to graduate from college when she earns a bachelor of science in biology from The University of Texas at Brownsville. She is attending The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and wants to work as a reconstructive plastic surgeon upon graduation, complementing her summer study program in pediatric cleft lip and palate research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She has more than 700 hours of community service. Texas physicians and their families provided her scholarship.

Tomas Villarreal already boasts an impressive resume. He will graduate from Brown University with a bachelor of science in neuroscience, and his accomplishments include hands-on experience in a hospice, hospital emergency services department, a maternity ward, and the Austin State Hospital. He is attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and wants to be a primary care physician. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas funded his scholarship.

To Apply

The Texas Medical Association Minority Scholarship Program provides funds each year to help launch medical education. Only incoming students accepted to a Texas medical school for fall 2011 are eligible.

For more information or an application, visit the TMA Educational Loans Department, or contact Gail Schatte, TMA, at (800) 880-2828 or (512) 370-2828.

To Donate

To make a tax-deductible donation to the TMA Minority Scholarship Program, visit the TMA Foundation. For more on the programs the foundation funds, contact Lisa Stark Walsh, TMA Foundation, at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1666, or (512) 370-1666.


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