Cornyn: Houston Area Universities Receive $1.7M to Provide Scholarships to Disadvantaged Medical Students 

WASHINGTON – Two universities in the Greater Houston area were awarded federal grants totaling $1,737,220 to help encourage diversity among health care professionals by providing aspiring medical students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds with scholarships, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today. The funding comes through the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program.

“Investing in the next generation of Texas medical leaders will provide those students with invaluable skills now and keep Texas strong in the future,” said Sen. Cornyn.  “I commend local leaders for their successful grant application and thank the Trump Administration for investing in students in Houston and Galveston.”

Grantee Name Program Title Award Amount
Texas Southern University T08 – Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students $1,087,220
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston T08 – Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students $650,000

The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program promotes diversity among health profession students and practitioners by providing scholarships to full-time students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.

Participating schools are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, making reasonable determinations of need, and providing scholarships that do not exceed the allowable costs. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that work to place graduates in medically underserved communities.

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.