For the seventh anniversary of Giving Tuesday, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso is encouraging its students, faculty, staff, and medical residents, as well as the greater El Paso community, to think about philanthropy and what it means to them.
A global campaign, Giving Tuesday is observed after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It is meant to shift the focus from shopping during the holidays to charitable giving. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on Nov. 27.
To make a gift to TTUHSC El Paso, visit http://bit.ly/2P0OZfv.
The generosity of the community has allowed several students to attend TTUHSC El Paso, including Emmanuel Enriquez, a third-year medical student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Enriquez received a scholarship to TTUHSC El Paso from the Rotary Club of El Paso.
Enriquez, who was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and moved to the U.S. as a child, is following his dream of becoming a doctor after several years as a teacher. Becoming a doctor also would fulfill his mother’s aspirations, he said. She completed medical school in Mexico but did not pursue a residency.
“This school is very special for me,” Enriquez said. “Every time I drove on the freeway and gazed at the big red ‘T’ at the top of the Medical Education Building, I thought to myself, ‘It would be amazing if I could attend medical school there.’”
After being admitted to the school of medicine, Enriquez said he was excited to finally follow his dreams. “I will give my all and then more to complete my medical education, and make my family and my community proud,” he said.
Suma Ganji, a first-year medical student and recipient of a Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Scholarship, said the scholarship will allow her to pursue a medical degree without incurring excessive debt.
“I am the first person in my family to attend medical school and look forward to becoming the first physician in my family,” Ganji said in a thank you letter to Foster and his wife, Alejandra de la Vega Foster. “Your support will go a long way in helping me reach my goal of becoming a competent and compassionate physician.”
On Giving Tuesday, make a difference by visiting http://bit.ly/2P0OZfv and supporting one or more of the following funds:
- President’s Excellence Fund
- Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
- Medical Student Run Clinic
- Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing
- Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine
- Graduate School of Biomedical Science
- General Research Fund
- Student Excellence Fund