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Spirit of Giving

January 2006

by Tina Luther

According to a recent report published by the American Medical Association, the cost of medical school increased by 168 percent from 1982 to 2002. With annual costs rising faster than inflation, students are often faced with major financial challenges.

Enter the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation. The foundation was named in honor of Elizabeth Huth Coates, who was a well-known San Antonio philanthropist. With its philanthropic interests in arts, education and medicine, the foundation is a perfect fit for the Health Science Centerís mission.

"Education and medicine are two of our main focuses," said Betty Kelso, daughter of Elizabeth Huth Coates and distribution committee member. Betty, along with her niece Amy Stieren-Smiley, distribution committee member, believes that no student should be denied the opportunity to attend medical school because of lack of finances. "We wanted to give back and make a difference in our community," Betty said.

And the foundation has. Since 2002, the foundation has been a positive force for Health Science Center researchers and students by providing a full four-year Medical School scholarship as well as scholarships in the School of Nursing and a grant for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

"This scholarship is tremendous," said Jonathan Ramirez, MS-II and recipient of the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation Medical Scholarship. "It is helping me in ways that I never thought would be possible. After I achieve my goal of becoming a doctor, I hope to someday be able to give back to my alma mater to help other studentsí dreams come true."

The legacy of the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation will undoubtedly continue to live in the lives of future health care professionals.



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