College of Medicine Receives Diversity Scholarship from Houston A&M Club

March 31, 2005

Established in the 1920s, the Houston A&M Club is proud to be known as the largest Aggie alumni organization in the world. It is also known as one of the most generous, a fact the club proved again last week.
Members of the Houston A&M Club presented Dr. Christopher Colenda, dean of the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, a $1,000 gift at a recent club luncheon where he served as guest speaker. The contribution was designated for the college’s new Medical Education Diversity Scholarship (MEDS) fund.
“I was thrilled to spend some time with the members of the Houston A&M Club and tell them a little about our College of Medicine,” Colenda said. “And I was extremely honored by their generous gift to help fund scholarships for our medical students. Gifts such as this will pave the way toward building a more diverse, highly-talented student body at the college.”
The Houston group was the first A&M Club to give to the MEDS. The gift was also the first contribution to this new scholarship fund.
“Diversity scholarships are important because they reach out to students that want to attend A&M, but sometimes do not have the financial resources,” Houston A&M club president Marlies Whitmoyer said.
The gift reflects the club’s continuing commitment to helping A&M diversify its student body, having given four Foundation Excellence Awards scholarships in the past.
The College of Medicine established the MEDS fund for underrepresented minority students, in the hopes of easing the financial burden of medical school. The awards create a strong incentive for prospective medical students to attend the College of Medicine and provide assistance to those who might otherwise be unable to afford a medical education.

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