Area students get St. David’s Foundation scholarships
The St. David’s Foundation recently announced that seven graduating high school seniors, including one salutatorian, from the San Marcos and Hays County area will receive scholarships to aid in their pursuit of careers in health care.
2013 St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship recipients, along with their major course of study and university, include: San Marcos High School’s Francisco Torres (Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University), Hays High School’s Katelyn Kelsey (Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas ), Lehman High School’s Breanna Alonzo (Biology, University of Texas), Lauren Lumague (Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas) and Victoria Salinas (Biology University of Texas); Dripping Springs High School’s Vanessa Page (Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University) and Wimberley High School’s Katrina Spangenberg (Biology, University of Texas).
The Foundation is awarding a total of 53 scholarships in 2013 to graduating high school seniors from the Central Texas area. Formal presentation of the scholarships will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at a special ceremony honoring recipients and their families.
The St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund provides each student with up to $7,500 per year for up to four years for undergraduate students, and up to four years for graduate studies and medical school at Texas colleges and universities. Students attending Texas community colleges will receive up to $4,000 per year. Applicants must be graduating seniors within the school districts of Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop or Caldwell counties, and in pursuit of careers in health care.
Funds for the scholarships are raised annually from Toast of the Town, a series of fundraising parties held each spring. Proceeds from Toast of the Town are matched by St. David’s Foundation.
As a joint owner of St. David’s Healthcare, St. David’s Foundation invests its proceeds from the hospitals directly back into the community to improve health and healthcare for all Central Texans. In 2013, the Foundation is projected to invest $46 million in the community through grants to mental health agencies, safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, support for healthy living initiatives, the St. David’s Dental Program, scholarships for students pursuing a healthcare career, and to fund healthcare education and research. For more information on St. David’s Foundation, visit www.stdavidsfoundation.org.