Tuesday morning, officials with the Stars Scholarship Fund announced a partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso to establish a new scholarship program for the university.
Stars Scholarship Fund, based in McAllen, Texas, was founded by Joe LaMantia Jr. and his family. The LaMantia family owns and operates one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in Texas, L&F Distributors. Nick LaMantia, L&F Distributors’ part owner and general manager-West, serves on the TTUHSC El Paso President’s Development Council.
“The Stars Scholarship Fund is excited to add Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso as a partner for the upcoming academic year. Our partnerships with institutions across the state of Texas are vital to our mission of promoting success in higher education for students in our community,” said Lisa Peisen, a Stars Scholarship Fund Board Member and proud Texas Tech University alumna.
TTUHSC El Paso joins Texas Tech University as a current university partner. The partnership will support future health care professionals who will work for the El Paso region, which has been historically underserved. To establish a partnership, universities located in L&F Distributors’ areas of service must agree to participate in a matching funds program.
“With this partnership, Stars Scholarship Fund will guarantee funds to TTUHSC El Paso students, offering recipients scholarships for fall and spring,” Peisen said.
Stars Scholarship Fund will donate $16,000, which will be matched by TTUHSC El Paso. Initial monies from the Stars Scholarship Fund will be awarded in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Foster School of Medicine to eight first-year students from the school, each receiving a $4,000 scholarship.
Mariah Perkins, an incoming medical student, is one of the inaugural scholarship recipients.
“After completing an internship at TTUHSC El Paso in summer 2015, I’ve been determined to finish my education at the Foster School of Medicine,” Perkins said.
“Being from El Paso, I was ready to come home and start serving the community that had given me so much. One of the biggest concerns after successfully being accepted to the Foster School of Medicine was how I would be able to afford it. I’m very grateful to be a recipient of the Stars Scholarship this year. This scholarship has helped remove the financial barrier to my medical education and allowed me the opportunity to focus on my studies instead of my finances.”
In subsequent years, the scholarship will be open to students from all TTUHSC El Paso schools: the Foster School of Medicine, Hunt School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the soon-to-be-opened Hunt School of Dental Medicine.
Scholarships will be awarded to qualified students from the community. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholarship, academic achievement and financial need through a general application process.