SAN ANTONIO (May 26, 2010) — The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is beginning a new program this summer for Laredo area college students who are interested in the health professions. The new program, the Make It Real Academy (MIRA), will be held Aug. 16-25 at the Regional Campus in Laredo, 1937 E. Bustamante Street.
Twenty students will be selected for the program, which will provide an in-depth look at the health professions through hands-on activities, field trips, behind-the-scenes activities and interviews with local health professionals to learn why they decided to pursue higher education and why they chose their profession.
In addition to producing short videos about the different health professions, students will complete a self-assessment of their abilities and interests. They will also learn about the value and impact of pursuing higher education in a career that not only helps people, but pays well and is in high demand.
“South Texas is in need of well-qualified health professionals,” said Araceli Duran, program director at the Regional Campus. “We are trying to attract good students who are interested in having a positive impact on their communities. We also welcome the involvement of family members during certain parts of the program.”
Those selected for the program will receive a $200 participation stipend and will qualify to apply for a $15,000 tuition scholarship for any degree program offered by the Health Science Center’s School of Health Professions. Two programs — physician assistant studies and dietetics and nutrition — are offered through the Regional Campus. Those programs and others are offered through the Health Science Center’s campus in San Antonio.
The application deadline to apply for MIRA is June 15.
Students must have earned at least 30 hours of college credit by fall 2010 and live in Webb or surrounding counties to apply.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 2 percent of all U.S. institutions receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled a record $259 million in fiscal year 2009. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced 27,000 graduates. The $753 million operating budget supports six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.