The Medical Humanities program has rewarded seven of its students with the Michael E. DeBakey, Selma DeBakey and Lois DeBakey Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Established in 2009, the scholarship is awarded to junior and senior Medical Humanities students who maintain at least a 3.7 science and overall GPA. The endowed scholarship fund has now grown to $1.2 million. DeBakey Scholars receive scholarship assistance on their way to professional careers in medicine and other areas of healthcare.
Baylor’s Medical Humanities Program “strives to equip students with humanistic skills to complement their training in the natural sciences," said Dr. Jim Marcum, program director.
The recipients are chosen based on academic excellence and service in the health care field, some of the main aspects of Baylor’s Medical Humanities Program.
Ms. Hillary Villarreal, a senior Medical Humanities major, discusses the impact of the endowed scholarship from the DeBakey Medical Foundation. She explains: “I have two parents and a brother four years younger than me who will be starting college this fall. The opportunity to attend college has been a great privilege for me. I work hard to set an example for my younger brother to always do his best and pursue his dreams. My family and I would like to thank you for helping me to pursue a profession in medicine." Ms. Villarreal has been the president of the Medical Humanities Honors Council, an active member of Baylor University’s Medical Ethics Discussion Society and has worked closely with the faculty of the Medical Humanities Program in planning special events such as the Medical Humanities Retreat, a weekend set aside to focus on medicine as sacred vocation, as a calling, not just a career.