May 17, 2013
Nine minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall each will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA). Students were recognized for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and deep desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population at TMA’s annual conference in San Antonio.
The TMA Educational Scholarship, Loan, and Awards Committee chose winners from a competitive field of promising future physicians.
TMA created the Minority Scholarship Program to help diversify the physician workforce to fulfill the needs of Texas’ diverse population. The scholarship encourages minority students to enter medicine by lightening their financial burden of medical school. Since 1999, TMA has awarded 83 scholarships totaling $415,000.
2013 TMA Minority Scholarship Recipients
Clayton Allison of Conroe graduated from the University of Notre Dame and will attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock. He plans to become a psychiatrist. The Nueces, Midland, and Hidalgo-Starr county medical societies (CMSs) and physicians and their families contributed to Mr. Allison’s scholarship.
Daniel Ayala of McAllen graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with a degree in nursing and will attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He will study to become an anesthesiologist and a public health expert. His scholarship is provided by Drs. Rajam and Somayaji Ramamurthy of San Antonio and H-E-B.
Elizabeth De La Rosa of San Antonio graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word and plans to attend The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. As a primary care and preventative medicine physician, her main objective will be to improve medical access to low socioeconomic regions in south Texas. Betty and Mark Kubala, MD, Beaumont; Harris CMS/Houston Academy of Medicine; and physicians and their families funded Ms. De La Rosa’s scholarship.
Roy Espinosa of San Benito graduated from Schreiner University and will attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso. As a pediatrician, he will discourage smoking and unhealthy eating habits. His scholarship is funded with gifts from Rose Jackson, Palestine, in memory of J. Don Jackson Sr., MD; Sukie and Andre Desire, MD, Wichita Falls, in honor of Wichita-Archer-Baylor-Clay-Knox CMS board members; Travis and El Paso CMSs; and physicians and their families.
Valerie Peicher of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a graduate of Rice University. She will attend Baylor College of Medicine, Houston to become a pediatrician. During her medical career she hopes to establish mobile clinics and bring physicians to less populated communities that may lack access to medical care. Ms. Peicher’s scholarship is provided by donations from Wendell Daniels, MD, Longview, in memory of Fay Jean Daniels; the Khushalani Foundation, in honor of Mahatma Gandhi; McLennan CMS; and physicians and their families.
Monique Rodriguez of Brownsville graduated from Texas A&M University and plans to attend the Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan-College Station, to study obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. and Mrs. Jim and Charlie Rohack, Bryan; Susan Pike, MD; Harry T. Papaconstantinou, MD, Georgetown; and Dallas CMS contributed to Ms. Rodriquez’s scholarship.
Mauro Silva of El Paso graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. He will attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to become a pediatrician. His scholarship is funded by Gregory R. Johnson, MD, of Manvel and H-E-B.
Melissa Vasquez of El Paso graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and will attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She plans on specializing in family medicine. Irvin Robinson, MD, Fort Worth, in memory of Gordon Kelly, MD, and in honor of Justin Martin, MD; Dana and Jaime Ronderos, MD, Frisco; Tarrant CMS; and physicians and their families are all contributors to Ms. Vasquez’s scholarship.
Carolina White of Friendswood graduated from Rice University and will attend The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to become a primary care physician. Her scholarship was funded with gifts from Diane and Clifford Moy, MD, of Frisco, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
The TMA Minority Scholarship program is supported by the TMA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of TMA, thanks to generous major supporters and gifts from physicians and their families.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TMA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the association and raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the family of medicine.
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