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Twenty-four exceptional students were recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship each. Twelve (12) were awarded from Mission Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and an additional twelve (12) from the Mission Regional Health Professional Association representing the hospital medical staff. These scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

The scholarships are available to students who are graduating seniors from the following area high schools: Mission, Veterans Memorial, Sharyland, La Joya, Juarez-Lincoln and Palmview. The Mission Regional Medical Center Administration and Medical Staff selected the scholarship recipients based on academic performance, financial need, extra-curricular activities, and a one-page essay in which they briefly described themselves and their plans for entering the health care field.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer these scholarship opportunities to students who demonstrate such commitment and dedication to academics,” said Javier Iruegas, C.E.O. “They will all be great assets to the medical field.”

Recipients of the 12-Mission Regional Medical Center Scholarships are:

  • Michael Hinojosa (Juarez-Lincoln High School)
  • Brenda Pina (Juarez-Lincoln High School)
  • Jannzeth Trevino (La Joya High School)
  • Jazmin Quintanilla (La Joya High School)
  • Alma Mojarro (Mission High School)
  • Bianca Saenz (Mission High School)
  • Iraselia Garcia (Palmview High School)
  • Jessica Martinez (Palmview High School)
  • Jae Kyu Lee (Sharyland High School)
  • Schaddai Pina (Sharyland High School)
  • Klarissa Vega (Veterans Memorial High School)
  • Julieta Veliz (Veterans Memorial High School)

This year marks the first time the hospital Medical Staff also participated in awarding scholarships. The Mission Regional Medical Center Medical Staff is comprised of over 300 physicians representing numerous medical specialties. “The medical field is very rewarding in many ways,” said Javier Murillo, M.D., Chief of Staff. “We definitely want to help local students fulfill their ambition to join the healthcare industry and give back to their communities.”

Recipients of the 12-Mission Regional Health Professional Association Scholarships are:

  • David Cantu (Juarez-Lincoln High School)
  • Ishamar Gonzalez (Juarez-Lincoln High School)
  • Daniela Gonzalez (La Joya High School)
  • Norma Buentello (La Joya High School)
  • Julio Salinas (Mission High School)
  • Karen Silva (Mission High School)
  • Jacquelyn Chapa (Palmview High School)
  • Samantha Velez (Palmview High School)
  • Jacqueline Elizondo (Sharyland High School)
  • Ryan Martinez (Sharyland High School)
  • Kassandra Morales (Veterans Memorial High School)
  • Mark Ochoa (Veterans Memorial High School)

The scholarship recipients attended a luncheon in their honor. Accompanied by Mission Regional Medical Center Administrators and representatives of the hospital’s Medical Staff, recipients were awarded their scholarship check during the luncheon.