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Dr. Cigarroa and Joe LaMantia, Jr.
Dr. Cigarroa (left) received a check from Joe LaMantia Jr. (right), STARS founder and chairman, for scholarships for the Health Science Centerís South Texas students.

UTHSC receives scholarship funds for South Texas students

August 2004

The South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS) program has awarded more than $2 million in scholarship funds to Texas college students this year. Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Health Science Center president, recently accepted $100,000 of those funds for Health Science Center students at a ceremony at the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen. The money will fund scholarships for 57 students from the five schools at the university. Dr. Cigarroa said the Health Science Center will match the gift.

The STARS program is a nonprofit organization based in McAllen. STARS offers deserving South Texas students scholarships to achieve success at the colleges of their choice. This is the first year the STARS program has partnered with the Health Science Center to provide scholarship funds for Health Science Center students.

The STARS program raised funds through three major fund-raisers in 2003, featuring performances by comedian Paul Rodriguez, singer LeAnn Rimes and "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno.


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