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 2014, the association’s annual conference, held May 1-3 in Fort Worth. Since 1999, TMA has awarded 92 scholarships totaling $460,000 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 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-2014 TMA Minority Scholarship Recipients
Brittany Carter of Winnsboro graduated from Rice University in Houston and plans to attend Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine to become a pediatrician. Her scholarship was made possible by Charli and Jim Rohack, MD, Galveston; Susan M. Pike, MD, and Harry T. Papaconstantinou, MD, Georgetown; Libby and Bruce Malone, MD, Austin; Dallas County Medical Society (CMS); and physicians and their families.
Claudia Martinez of Houston graduated from the University of Houston. She will attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston to become a pediatrician or neonatologist. Her scholarship is funded by Gregory R. Johnson, MD, Pearland, and H-E-B.
Brian Mbah of Euless graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and plans to attend The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He plans to become a family physician caring for patients in a low socio-economic urban area. C. Enrique Batres, MD, Sugarland, and Mark J. Kubala, MD, Beaumont, funded Mr. Mbah’s scholarship.
Victoria Mitre of Spring is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She will attend Baylor College of Medicine in Houston to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. Ms. Mitre’s scholarship is provided by donations from Sarah and Alan Losinger, Dallas; Pamela and Art Klawitter, MD, Needville; the Khushalani Foundation; McLennan CMS; Harris CMS/Houston Academy of Medicine; and physicians and their families.
Jo-Anna Palma of El Paso graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and will study obstetrics-gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. Her scholarship is funded with gifts from the Hidalgo-Starr and El Paso CMSs.
Luz Rodriguez of Laredo graduated from the Texas A&M International University in Laredo and will attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock. She plans to become a primary care physician. Contributors to Ms. Rodriguez’s scholarship include the Nueces and Travis CMSs; Sukie and Andre Desire, MD, Wichita Falls; and Rose D. Jackson, Palestine, in memory of J. Don Jackson Sr., MD.
Maria Ruiz of Dallas graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas and will attend The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to become a primary care physician. Her scholarship was funded with a gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.
Grecia Sanchez of Houston graduated from Texas A&M University and will attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She will study to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. Her scholarship is provided by Drs. Rajam and Somayaji Ramamurthy of San Antonio and H-E-B.
Ruben Solis of Buda graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and will attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. He plans to specialize in family medicine. Contributors to Mr. Solis’ scholarship include Irvin Robinson, MD, Fort Worth, in memory of Libby Robinson, and in honor of Gilbert Coats, DDS; Dana and Jaime Ronderos, MD, Frisco; Tarrant CMS; and physicians and their families.
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 2015 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 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.