Photo courtesy TTUHSC El Paso
On Wednesday, officials with FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced a new partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to fund multiple initiatives within each of the university’s four schools: the Foster School of Medicine, Hunt School of Nursing, Hunt School of Dental Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
FirstLight Federal Credit Union, an El Paso-based community financial cooperative, gifted $80,000 to TTUHSC El Paso during National Financial Literacy Month, to support programs and scholarships over the next five years.
Of the funds, $50,000 will be allocated to support annual $2,500 scholarships in all four schools; $25,000 is earmarked for Medventure For Your Future, an annual middle-school STEM conference held at TTUHSC El Paso with over 1,000 students and parents participating; and $5,000 will be provided to the Red Raider Food Pantry, a campus-run food pantry which aims to reduce hunger and food insecurity among students.
“Our partnership with TTUHSC El Paso is another example of FirstLight’s mantra of ‘more than a financial institution,’” said Karl Murphy, president and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union. “We are committing to Medventure For Your Future, the student food pantry, as well as scholarships, to support educational curiosity and endeavors. The ability to encourage, nurture and assist aligns with our core values and moreover, our mission and vision to improve lives so people can achieve their dreams.”
TTUHSC El Paso students’ welfare was a top concern of FirstLight Federal Credit Union as they sought to support programs that encouraged scholarship as well as overall wellness.
Texas’ food insecurity doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic and is often an issue for students at TTUHSC El Paso, many of whom have families to care for while on a tight budget.
“TTUHSC El Paso is heavily focused on the holistic well-being of each and every one of our students, and food security supports the most basic physical wellness needs,” said Robin Dankovich, Ed.D., assistant vice president for Student Services. “By having access to this resource, our students are able to focus on their academic and extracurricular success rather than where their next meal is coming from.”
“Support from community partners like FirstLight Federal Credit Union is the gift that gives for years to come,” said Dr. Lange. “Investments in our students are also investments in our community – we’re educating these talented individuals to become the next generation of compassionate future health care heroes, many of who will serve our families in the Paso del Norte region. Community support ensures we’re providing more educational opportunities for our local students while in the area while also playing a significant role in reducing health care provider shortages.”
The gift was announced Wednesday, April 7, on the TTUHSC El Paso campus during a livestreamed event where TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., was grateful for a community investment that will make a lasting impact on the lives of current and future students.