HOUSTON – Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) has awarded $24,000 to UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio. The funds support scholarships for students enrolled in the school’s Master of Public Health (MPH) programs.
This year, Baptist Health Foundation committed funds to support students enrolled in the school’s MPH, MBA/MPH and MD/MPH dual degree programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships are part of new $2 million initiative that will help make higher education accessible for economically disadvantaged high school graduates who want to pursue a career in healthcare and live in San Antonio area.
The support from the Baptist Health Foundation has allowed the San Antonio campus to fund more than 40 students across the school’s doctoral, MD/MPH, MBA/MPH and general MPH programs.
“The Baptist Health Foundation scholarships are key to our ability as a campus to recruit and train practitioners to address the health and wellness needs of the population across urban and rural counties including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson,” says Melissa Valerio, PhD, regional dean of UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio.
Cody Knowlton, president and CEO of BHFSA, says giving priority to these school districts presents a double opportunity to impact the health of the community. “First, by making an education possible to those who need it most, and second, since education is the great equalizer, having an education leads to better health, better jobs, better family life, better housing and better opportunities to get out of poverty.”
The application process for the BHFSA scholarship is currently open for the fall term (due Sept. 20) and a second round of applicants will be accepted in spring term. Sixteen scholarships will be awarded in in 2018/2019. For more information contact Melissa Valerio, PhD, Debbie Leal or Jerry Pacheco on the San Antonio campus.
—Written by Anissa Anderson Orr