Baptist Health Foundation increases scholarships

BHFSALogo_BODYThe Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio announced 28 scholarships totaling $82,500 for students at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

“These generous awards will support outstanding individuals studying to be physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses and nurse educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dental hygienists, respiratory therapists and clinical laboratory scientists,” said Health Science Center President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. “We sincerely thank the foundation and its trustees for their visionary investment in educating health care providers for South Texas.”

In 2006, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio distributed $32,500 to the Health Science Center for student scholarships, and also awarded $250,000 for a project utilizing two-way video to work with children and families in their communities to stop the diabetes and obesity cycle. Daniel E. Hale, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes, heads that project.

“We are proud to be a partner with Dr. Cigarroa and the Health Science Center in the education of young health care professionals and the discovery of new knowledge,” said W. Frank Elston, F.A.H.P., president and CEO of the Baptist Health Foundation.

Since 2005, the year the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio began awarding grants, more than $7.6 million has been distributed to help organizations provide clinical, educational, spiritual and scientific services. The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio serves Bexar and the following surrounding counties: Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Medina and Bandera.

For more information contact Will Sansom at 210-567-2579.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $536 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14.3 billion biosciences and health care industry, the leading sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.

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