Eleven minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall will each receive a $10,000 scholarship from TMA. Students received the scholarships in Dallas at TexMed 2016 for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas' increasingly diverse population.
TMA created the Minority Scholarship Program in 1998 to help diversify the physician workforce to meet the health care needs of Texans.
The TMA Educational Scholarship, Loan, and Awards Committee chose one recipient for each Texas medical school from a competitive field of promising future physicians. The committee doubled the amount of the individual scholarship this year, thanks to a new donor-established trust fund at the TMA Foundation, which funds the program.
The scholarship encourages minority students to attend medical school by reducing the financial burden of their education, which averages more than $175,000. TMA has awarded 112 scholarships totaling $615,000 since the program's inception, thanks to generous gifts from TMAF donor physicians and their families, major supporters, and others.
2016 TMA Minority Scholarship Winners
Bianca Arechiga, of San Antonio, graduated from Baylor University in Waco and will attend Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. She plans to specialize in primary care to later practice in rural Texas. Ms. Arechiga's scholarship is provided by The TMAF Trust Fund of Dr. Roberto J. and Agniela (Annie) M. Bayardo of Houston; Tarrant County Medical Society; and the Khushalani Foundation in Humble.
Amanda Arreola, of Dallas, is a Baylor University graduate. She will study family medicine or pediatrics after completing work at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (UTRGV). Ms. Arreola plans to practice in a rural area near El Paso. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo and Hidalgo-Starr CMS funded her scholarship.
David Samuel Chapman, of Cedar Hill, graduated from UT Arlington. He will attend Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine to become a family physician. After graduation, Mr. Chapman plans to practice in an underserved area of Dallas/Fort Worth. His scholarship is made possible by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; the TMAF Patrick Y. Leung, MD, Minority Scholarship Endowment, established by Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Nancy Leung of Midland; Dr. Jim and Mrs. Charli Rohack of Galveston; and McLennan County Medical Society.
Esteban Esquivel Jr, of Bruni, is a graduate of UT Austin. He hopes to specialize in pediatrics or internal medicine after earning his degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)-Lubbock School of Medicine and plans to practice in a rural community in South Texas. His scholarship is made possible through contributions from Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; Nueces County Medical Society; and Andre and Sukie Desire of Wichita Falls, in memory of Robert Horth.
Carlos Vargas, of Edinburg, is a graduate of UTRGV. He will attend The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine and hopes to become a family medicine physician. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; Baldemar Covarrubias, MD, of Corpus Christi; Drs. Mary Dale Peterson and Rafael Coutin of Corpus Christi, in honor of James Arens, MD, of Brenham; and Mark J. Kubala, MD, of Beaumont, provided donations for his scholarship.
Laura Moore, of El Paso, will graduate from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in May. She plans to become a pediatric oncologist and will study at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her scholarship is made possible by H-E-B.
Monika Pyarali, of Austin, is a UT Austin graduate who will attend Baylor College of Medicine with plans to specialize in psychiatry or neurology. She expects to practice in an underserved area within a large urban area, such as Dallas/Fort Worth. Ms. Pyarali's scholarship is funded by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; C. Enrique Batres, MD, of Sugar Land; Gregory R. Johnson, MD, of Houston; and Harris County Medical Society /Houston Academy of Medicine.
Diana Rascon, of San Antonio, graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos. She will attend UT School of Medicine in San Antonio with plans become a surgeon. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo; Drs. Rajam and Somayaji Ramamurthy of San Antonio; and Jaime D. Sandoval, MD, of Corpus Christi, underwrote her scholarship.
Oswaldo Renteria, of Balch Springs, graduated from UT Austin. He will study at UT Southwestern Medical School and plans to practice primary care in an underserved urban area. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo, Dallas County Medical Society, and Charles B. Mullins, MD, of Austin, provided his scholarship.
Juan Resendez, of Laredo, is a UT Austin graduate who will attend UT Austin Dell Medical School. He plans to practice obstetrics/gynecology or another primary care specialty in South Texas. Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo and Travis County Medical Society provided his scholarship.
Stephanie Trujillo-Molina, of El Paso, graduated from UT El Paso. She will study at TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine and plans to practice family medicine in her hometown after medical school. Ms. Trujillo-Molina's scholarship is made possible by Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Agniela Bayardo and El Paso County Medical Society.
Action, May 16, 2016