Funding for scholarships and fellowships is critical to the President’s Excellence Fund, which provides these financial resources to outstanding students. When our students graduate, they filter through the pipeline of exceptional health care providers who practice across the globe. Many remain in South Texas, where their skills and compassionate care are critically needed.
With South Texas designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), the need to attract and retain exceptional researchers and health care professionals to this region is imperative. HPSAs include geographic areas, population groups and facilities recognized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as having an acute shortage of health care personnel.
Since the inception of the Health Science Center’s five schools (Medical, Dental, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences), the university has graduated a total of 24,000. In 2007 more than $1 million in scholarships was awarded to nearly 600 students.