Major medical scholarships will benefit South Texas region
An Austin couple has created a scholarship program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio that will have a major impact on health professionals throughout South
Texas. The scholarship program, designed specifically to assist students from
the South Texas/Border Region, is a long-standing goal of Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long,
who share a deep commitment to philanthropy and education.
Mr. and Mrs. Long have established a foundation that will fund the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long
Presidential Scholarships in the UTHSCSA Medical School. The Joe R. and Teresa
Lozano Long Foundation will be operated in conjunction with the Health Science
Center and the terms of the foundation allow the Health Science Center to
receive more than half of the foundation’s annual distribution.
John P. Howe, III, M.D., said the Longs’ generosity will help address the shortage of health care
professionals in the South Texas/Border Region.
“This quiet-spoken, refined couple will forever change the landscape of health care in South Texas. We are
so grateful that these major philanthropists have chosen to direct funds to the
Health Science Center for the support of medical education,” he said.
The foundation will provide on a permanent basis the awarding of six $10,000
scholarships every year. These scholarships will cover tuition, fees,
instruments, textbooks and some additional expenses for medical students who
need financial assistance. While the initial funding from the foundation will
support these six annual scholarships, the Longs have made arrangements for the
contributions to the Health Science Center to increase significantly over time.
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long are well known for their support of education and the
arts. Mrs. Long is a native of South Texas; Mr. Long is a native of East Texas
and, in his younger years, spent time in South Texas. Although the Longs came
from modest means, they both earned doctoral degrees. Joe Long earned his J.D.
from The University of Texas Law School, and Teresa Lozano Long received her
Ed.D. from U. T. Austin.
“This is a great country which offers unlimited opportunity to people of limited means and humble backgrounds.
Success takes persistence and hard work, but it is possible for all,” the Longs
agree. “Upward economic mobility can be achieved through education.”
After working in the Attorney General’s Office and in private practice, Joe Long was
part of a group that organized two banks in Austin. Ultimately, he became
chairman of and acquired control of both banks. In 1988, they acquired seven
more banks. In 1998, the Longs sold the combined First State Bank of Austin,
with 45 branches, to Norwest Corp.
In addition to her role in the development of First State Bank of Austin, Teresa
Long was heavily involved in her own activities in education. She was a
consultant for the U.S. Office of Education on Migrant Education and Head Start
Program. She was a research associate on the staff of the Governor’s Committee
on Public School Education. She also has worked on other statewide education
Since selling the First State Bank of Austin, the Longs have enjoyed two shared loves
– travel and philanthropic endeavors. Through the new Joe R. and Teresa Lozano
Long Presidential Scholarships, citizens in South Texas will benefit in
perpetuity from their generous spirit.
“This is one of the most significant investments in medical education the Health
Science Center has ever received,” Dr. Howe said. “It is hard to imagine the
cumulative impact this program will have on the number of physicians and other
health care professionals from the South Texas/Border Region. Through the
generosity and vision of Joe and Teresa Long, many young people with great
potential and limited resources will now have an opportunity to pursue a dream
that would otherwise have been unattainable.
“This is precisely what South Texas needs, and we are committed to turning the Longs’
vision into a reality.”
Contact: Will Sansom