Taking Care of Texans
St. David’s Foundation announced a $525,000 gift to establish scholarships for Central Texas medical students attending the Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine.
The rising cost of medical education and increasing student debt make it progressively more difficult for financially disadvantaged students to become physicians. These funds will create five full-ride scholarships for highly deserving students in the College of Medicine.
“St. David’s Foundation and the Texas A&M College of Medicine share many of the same goals, the most prominent of which is strengthening both health and health care for Central Texans through greater educational opportunities and medicine,” said Paul Ogden, M.D., interim senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and interim dean of the College of Medicine.
Supplementary to the scholarship, one of these deserving students will receive an additional $25,000 over their four years of school to help cover living expenses. This gift was made in memory of Earl Grant ’50, M.D., and long-time board member of St. David’s Foundation.
“Scholarship support allows students to explore all areas of medical practice,” Ogden said. “By identifying and educating Texans to take care of Texans, we are reinvesting in our own communities and providing medical care where it is needed most.”