TMA Gives Minority Medical Student Scholarships

 May 5, 2017


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Twelve minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall each will benefit from a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA). TMA awarded the scholarships to the students today in Houston at TexMed, the association’s annual conference. Physicians selected the students 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. This year’s field includes the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, which will open in 2017. The TMA Foundation (TMAF), the association’s philanthropic arm, funds the program.

The scholarship encourages minority students to attend medical school by lessening the financial burden of their postgraduate education, which averages more than $175,000. TMA has awarded 124 scholarships totaling $735,000 since the program’s inception, thanks to generous gifts from TMAF donor physicians and their families, major supporters, and others.

2017 TMA Minority Scholarship Winners

Dekoiya Burton of Houston graduated from Boston University and will attend The University of Texas (UT) at Austin Dell Medical School. He plans to specialize in neurology, with the goal of practicing in an urban clinic that has rural satellite clinics. Mr. Burton’s scholarship is provided by the TMA Foundation Trust Fund of Roberto J. Bayardo, MD, and Agniela (Annie) M. Bayardo, of Houston, and the Travis County Medical Society (CMS).

Alexander Cantu of Edinburg is a UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) graduate. He plans to study family medicine at the UT Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston. Mr. Cantu’s scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo; the TMAF Patrick Y. Leung, MD, Minority Scholarship Endowment, established by Patrick Leung, MD, and Mrs. Nancy Leung of Midland; and Mark J. Kubala, MD, of Beaumont.

Giselle Castillo of Mission will receive her bachelor’s degree from UT San Antonio later this month. She will attend UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Long School of Medicine to study pediatrics, and plans to return to her hometown to practice. Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo, and Drs. Rajam and Somayaji Ramamurthy of San Antonio provided the scholarship for Ms. Castillo. 

Sandrine Defeu of Katy earned degrees from University of Dschang in Cameroon and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, as well as a master’s degree in public health from Texas A&M University. She will study at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at El Paso and intends to practice pediatrics in a small Texas community. Ms. Defeu’s scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo and C. Enrique Batres, MD, of Sugar Land.

Giuiseppe (Allan) Fonseca of Webster received his bachelor’s degree from UT Houston, and a master of science in medical science degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (UNTHSC). He will study internal medicine at UTRGV School of Medicine and plans to practice in an underserved area. Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo, Hidalgo-Starr CMS, and Nueces CMS provided Mr. Fonseca’s scholarship.

Lucia Guerrero of El Paso will graduate from UT Austin later this month and attend Baylor College of Medicine. She plans to become a surgeon. Ms. Guerrero’s scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo and Harris CMS/Houston Academy of Medicine.

Victor Hinojosa of Brownsville is a UTRGV graduate. He will study emergency medicine or pediatrics at UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and intends to return to the Rio Grande Valley to practice. Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo; Tarrant CMS; and Irvin Robinson, MD, of Fort Worth provided Mr. Hinojosa’s scholarship.

Yajaira Jimenez of Brownsville will graduate later this month from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She will study surgery at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Ms. Jimenez’ scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo and Jefferson CMS.

Tailour Roberson of Frisco graduated from UT Austin and will attend McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She plans to study neurology. Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo; Mary Dale Peterson, MD, and Rafael Coutin, MD, both of Corpus Christi; and Gregory E. Johnson, MD, of Houston provided the scholarship for Ms. Roberson.

Artraeu Simms of Garland received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and a master of science in medical science degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He will study internal medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. Mr. Simms’ scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo and H-E-B.

Selvin Villeda of Royse City is a graduate of Abilene Christian University. He will attend TTUHSC in Lubbock and plans to practice in West Texas. Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo and Khushalani Foundation provided the scholarship for Mr. Villeda.

Adrienne Walker of Duncanville graduated from the University of Chicago and will attend UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She intends to study cardiology or cardiothoracic surgery and later practice in underserved communities in Dallas. Ms. Walker’s scholarship is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Bayardo; Dallas CMS; and Charles B. Mullins, MD, of Austin.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 50,000 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 raises funds to support the public health and science priority initiatives of TMA and the Family of Medicine.


Contact:  Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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