Credit Union Donates $25,000 for Medical School Scholarships
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and GECU continue to be “Teamed Up for Health,” thanks to the credit union’s generous investment in scholarships for students at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
The GECU Foundation is contributing $25,000 to the Decade Scholarship as a major sponsor of TTUHSC El Paso’s “Red Tie Affair For A White Coat Occasion” celebration that will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The event celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Foster School of Medicine, which opened its doors to an inaugural class of 40 students in 2009. With community supporters like GECU, the Foster School of Medicine is educating the future of health care and has graduated 422 students to date.
All event proceeds will go toward medical student scholarships with a focus of recruiting students from El Paso and across West Texas who will remain or return to the region to serve their community. The Foster School of Medicine was established to serve the mission of improving access to quality health care in the Borderland.
In May, TTUHSC El Paso and GECU announced their collaboration to improve health care for the region with a theme of “Teamed Up for Health.” At that time, GECU—El Paso’s largest locally owned financial institution—announced a $5,000 gift for scholarships for students at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, and $4,000 to support the Foster School of Medicine’s Medical Student Run Clinic in Sparks, Texas.
“TTUHSC El Paso provides resources and tools for students to succeed in the medical field, and we are honored to contribute to an exceptional organization. At GECU, we treasure education and we are proud to see El Pasoans accomplish their dreams through the medical programs offered at TTUHSC El Paso,” said Crystal Long, president and CEO of GECU.
For information on the “Red Tie Affair For A White Coat Occasion” celebration, visit the 10-year anniversary website at ttuhscep.edu/foster10. Also on the site is an opportunity for alumni of the Foster School of Medicine to share memories and experiences during their time as medical students.