Scholars reunite to honor Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long
Students and alumni of the School of Medicine, who have benefited from the generosity of Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long, reunited recently to pay tribute to the Austin couple. In 2000 the Longs established the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Presidential Scholars program that awards full scholarships for tuition, fees, instruments, textbooks and additional expenses to support deserving medical students from South Texas. Many of the scholarship recipients are the first in their families to attend college and pursue their dreams of becoming physicians. Since the program’s establishment, 34 Long Scholars have graduated from the School of Medicine and are practicing in prestigious residency programs across the country. An additional 12 scholars are currently enrolled in the School of Medicine.
“Our Long Presidential Scholars program at the Medical School has been one of the most worthwhile programs we’ve ever done,” Mr. Long said. “We are very proud to see so many accomplished graduates who are now practicing medicine across South Texas, and we know there will be many more in the future.”
In 2008, the Longs donated a historic gift of $25 million – the couples’ largest donation ever to any institution – to the Health Science Center. The university’s main campus on Floyd Curl Drive in San Antonio is named in their honor – the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus – acknowledging the couple’s generosity.
Jessica Treviño Jones was among the students who attended the reunion. She is a fourth-year medical student who will graduate this year and begin her internal medicine residency program here at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
“Thank you for letting me be a part of your Long family,” Treviño Jones said. “Without your support, I would never have been able to have time for both my education and my family. Now my husband and I have a beautiful son and with my education and training that you’ve made possible, I’ll be able to support his future. I can’t express how much this means to us. We are so grateful.”