The University of Texas-Pan American's College of Health Sciences and Human Services received more than $1.1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help students enrolled in its Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies programs pay for school.
The department's Health Resources and Services Administration's Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Program awarded $337,000 to the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program; $122,220 to the Occupational Therapy program; and $650,000 to the Physician Assistant Studies program. The grants will be given over the next four years as funds are available, according to a news release the department sent.
The scholarships are available to students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in health professions and nursing programs full time. The grants will pay full tuition, fees and some living expenses for the entire time the students are enrolled in their respective programs.
"These grants provide a huge boost for our students to attend UTPA," said Dr. John Ronnau, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services. "The demand for these three programs is already substantial, and the availability of these scholarships will make them even more popular. A large amount of the credit for obtaining these scholarships goes to the faculty members in each discipline who prepared and submitted the proposals. It was a lengthy and demanding process."
For more information about the scholarships, contact the college at (956) 665-2291.