TMA Awards Nine Scholarships to Minority Medical Students

May 1, 2015  

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 at TexMed, the association’s annual conference, in Austin for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and deep desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population. 

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 medical school financial burden. Since 1999, TMA has awarded 101 scholarships totaling $505,000 thanks to generous gifts from donors to the TMA Foundation.

2015 TMA Minority Scholarship Recipients

Students are from L to R: Samuel Garcia, Peris June Nganga, Ruth Woldemichael, Jennifer Espinales, Hillary Evans, Lillian Ene, Kimberly Farias, Efrain Rodriguez

2015 TMA Minority Scholarship Recipients

Lillian Ene of Rockwall graduated from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She will attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock to become a pediatrician or emergency physician in rural Texas. Her scholarship is funded by the Nueces County Medical Society (CMS); the Travis CMS; Rose D. Jackson, Palestine; Jaime D. Sandoval, MD, PA, Corpus Christi; and Andrew and Sukie Desire, Wichita Falls.

Jennifer Espinales of Harlingen graduated from The University of Texas at Brownsville and will attend The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She plans to become an internal medicine physician. C. Enrique Batres, MD, Sugar Land; and Mark J. Kubala, MD, Beaumont, funded Ms. Espinales’ scholarship

Hillary Evans of Buda is a graduate of Saint Edward’s University in Austin. She will attend The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas to become an internal medicine physician. Dallas CMS; Diane and Clifford Moy, MD, Frisco; and physicians and their families funded Ms. Evans’ scholarship.

Kimberly Farias of Waco graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio and will attend the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She plans to become a pediatrician. Her scholarship was made possible by the Tarrant CMS; E. Thomas Wightman, MD, Arlington; Irvin Robinson, MD, Fort Worth; Roberto and Aguiela Bayardo, Houston; and physicians and their families.

Samuel Garcia of Horizon City graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso and will attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso. He plans to become a cardiologist. Mr. Garcia’s scholarship was funded by the Hidalgo-Starr CMS; the El Paso CMS; Roberto and Aguiela Bayardo, Houston; and physicians and their families.

Peris June Nganga of Irving graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas and will attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to become a primary care physician. Her scholarship is funded with gifts from H-E-B and Rajam Ramamurthy, MD, and Somayaji Ramamurthy, MD, both of San Antonio.

Efrain Rodriguez of Mission graduated from The University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg and will attend The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He will study to become a family physician. H-E-B and Gregory R. Johnson, MD, SFHM, Houston, funded Mr. Rodriguez’ scholarship.

Ruth Woldemichael of Amarillo graduated from Rice University in Houston and will attend Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station. She plans to specialize in family or internal medicine. Ms. Woldemichael’s scholarship was made possible by the McLennan CMS; Libby and Bruce Malone, MD, Austin; Charli and Jim Rohack, MD, Galveston; Roberto and Aguiela Bayardo, Houston; and physicians and their families.

The ninth scholarship recipient, who will attend Baylor College of Medicine, will be determined following TexMed. This scholarship is made possible through donations from Harris County CMS and Houston Academy of Medicine; Pamela and Art Klawitter, MD, Needville; Gregory R. Johnson, MD, SFHM, Houston; and physicians and their families.

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. Visit TMA Foundation online to donate!

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 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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Contact:  Steve Levine (512) 370-1380; Cell: (512) 750-0971; e-mail: steve.levine[at]texmed[dot]org

Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; Cell: (512) 656-7320; e-mail: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

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