Baptist Health Foundation gives $172,500 for scholarships at UT Health Science Center
Miriam Davis was only 15 when her mother died, but the memories of her mom’s dedicated service as a nurse at San Antonio’s downtown Baptist Hospital remain with her to this day.
“The people she helped, the friends she made, really impacted me,” said Davis, who is on the nursing career path herself as a graduate student in the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Davis is one of the students in health care professional education programs at the Health Science Center who received a nursing scholarship in 2007. This coming academic year, 46 students will receive $172,500 in scholarships made available by the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio.
President Cigarroa honored the 2007 scholarship students, the Baptist Health Foundation and the Scholarship Committee at a campus luncheon this spring.
“My goal is that no bright, ambitious student who wants to become a health care provider should ever have his or her dreams put on hold for lack of finances,” Dr. Cigarroa said. “It is wonderful that the Baptist Health Foundation is giving back to the community by helping to educate the students who will become the future of health for South Texas and our nation.”
The foundation substantially increased its scholarships for Health Science Center students this year. In 2007, the foundation gave 29 scholarships totaling $85,000.
“Dr. Cigarroa, it is our privilege to be your partner in helping the students,” W. Frank Elston, president and CEO of the Baptist Health Foundation, said. “The foundation was impressed with the students selected to receive our scholarships in 2007 and we are pleased to offer more scholarships this year.”
Addressing the shortage of registered nurses in South Texas and the increasing lack of professional faculty to train them, the foundation’s 2008 grant includes $50,000 in scholarships for students pursuing the Master of Science in Nursing degree and $35,000 for those pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing.
The foundation also gave scholarships for students training to be physicians, dentists, clinical pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, respiratory therapists and clinical laboratory scientists.