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Fiesta de Tejas event supports scholarships (4-24-00)

In an effort to support the endeavors of future health care professionals, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio provides scholarships each year to students from Health Careers High School. These awards are funded with money raised at the Health Science Centerís annual Fiesta de Tejas event. Angelic Escobedo and Raymundo Rendon were chosen to receive this yearís $500 scholarships.

Angelic Escobedo has always wanted to go into the health care professions.

As a youngster suffering from diabetes, Escobedo spent a lot of time in the care of physicians. Being a patient, Escobedo sometimes felt ignorant about medical jargon and hospital procedures and wanted to know more. Now as a senior at Health Careers, she is learning what being on the other side of the stethoscope is like.

"I now see that being in the medical profession is more than curing the sick," said Escobedo. "It also is about understanding the patientís needs and awareness of issues."

Raymundo Rendonís perspectives on health care also have changed during his time at Health Careers. A student with above-average grades in middle school, Rendon found himself struggling his freshman year. His growing interest in science motivated him to persevere and today he is taking advanced courses and preparing for graduation and college. Rendon hopes to become a veterinarian, and Escobedo plans to work toward a degree in nursing.

The scholarship checks will be presented to the two students during Fiesta de Tejas at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, on the main stage at the Health Science Center recreational area, which adjoins Babcock Road between Louis Pasteur and Merton Minter.

Contact: Will Sansom or Heather Feldman