Friday, May 9, 2014

TMA Awards Scholarships to Minority Medical Students

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 Fort Worth 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 92 scholarships totaling $460,000.

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 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.

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