County Judge, Veronica Escobar

  • Medical school gets grant
  • By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
  • The Paso del Norte Health Foundation announced a new grant for a medical student loan fund that will help students continue their education and maybe lure more doctors to El Paso.
  • The $1.25 million grant for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is the foundation's first recipient of its new Major Grants Program.

  • "We're excited to provide this grant to Texas Tech, but more importantly to the community," said Jack Chapman, the new chairman of the foundation's board. "The objective of the loans is to help increase the number of physicians practicing in our region."

  • Dr. Amr Madkour, who's fresh out of medical school at Texas Tech, said the loan program would help students enroll or stay in school to learn the specialty of their choice.

  • Under the new fund, a loan will be forgiven if students practice medicine in the El Paso region for five years.

  • "Such a loan program will help encourage more medical students to come here, because many students make career choices based on their debt burden," Madkour said.

  • "I think it's great they're doing this.

  • The grant first was announced at the foundation's annual "Report to the Community" Wednesday night at the El Paso Country Club.

  • Last year, David Osborn, the foundation's outgoing board chairman, hinted at the possibility of doing more to support Texas Tech's four-year medical school.

  • "The $1.25 million grant is the foundation's first major grant initiative," he said.

  • Seven years ago, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Hunt Family Foundation and the Wolslager Foundation gave Texas Tech a combined gift of about $2 million to create a scholarship program for local students to attend the medical school.

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  • County Judge
    Veronica Escobar