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S.A.L.E. Scholarship Committee and staff with faculty members and scholarship recipients

HSC Champions

September 2012

by Natalie Gutierrez

Every donor makes a difference. The following are just a few of the many gifts that enable the university to make lives better in San Antonio, South Texas and the world.

  • A gift of $270,000 from the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.) will provide 46 scholarships for outstanding students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and physician assistant studies and who intend, upon graduation, to practice in rural communities in South and Central Texas. Since 2004, S.A.L.E. has awarded 390 individual scholarships totaling more than $2.4 million to students at the UT Health Science Center.

    (Photo above) Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs for the Health Science Center (center left), and Fred Petmecky, S.A.L.E. president (center right), hold a commemorative poster honoring S.A.L.E. and the scholarship recipients at the annual S.A.L.E. Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon this spring. They are accompanied in the front row by members of the S.A.L.E. Scholarship Committee and staff. Behind them are faculty members and scholarship recipients.

    devoted sisters
    The devoted sisters are Genevieve Wicker (seated left), Gladys Lynch (seated right) and Corinne Robichaux (standing).
  • Three sisters, Gladys Lynch, Corinne Robichaux and Genevieve Wicker, have made giving at the UT Health Science Center a family tradition. Gladys created an endowment in honor of her late husband, Harry S. Lynch Sr. The Harry S. Lynch, Sr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship supports outstanding students in the School of Nursing. Corinne created an endowment in memory of her late husband, Milton Joseph Robichaux Sr. The Milton Joseph Robichaux, Sr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship will provide scholarships to deserving students in the School of Medicine who are interested in cancer care. Through a bequest from her estate, Genevieve Wicker will create an endowment in memory of her late husband, James. The James Clifford Wicker Memorial Endowment for Cancer Research will support the most immediate and critical cancer research needs at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the UT Health Science Center.

    The endowments pay tribute to the sisters’ loving husbands and celebrate their hard work and dedication to family and community. "The UT Health Science Center in San Antonio is the greatest asset of our community, and it’s where our families get outstanding medical care," Lynch said. "I wanted to support the university because it is where I could have the greatest impact. We want to support our community and make it a better place to live, and quality health care is a major factor."

    James Elkins, Cody Knowlton and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP
    (From left) James Elkins, Scholarship Committee chairman for the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio; Cody Knowlton, president and chief executive officer of the foundation; and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president of the Health Science Center, visit after the spring scholarship luncheon.
  • A $222,000 gift from the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio will provide scholarships for exceptional students in the schools of medicine, nursing, dental, health professions and pharmacy. Since 2006, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio has provided more than 200 individual scholarships totaling more than $1 million to students at the UT Health Science Center.


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