This first annual scholarship, for adults pursuing medical degrees in Texas, will assist with the cost of tuition and supplies necessary for continuing education.

C. Bob Basu, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS of Houston has announced the first year of the annual Basu Plastic Surgery Advancing Care Scholarship for Adult Learners. Designed to support adults over the age of 40 who live in Texas as they pursue a graduate degree as a licensed medical practitioner, physician, or nurse, this scholarship will assist non-traditional adult learners with the cost of tuition and supplies necessary for continuing their education in the medical field.

“As a plastic surgeon in the Houston area, I see a need for more Texans to become involved in the medical field. I also understand the challenges of pursuing medical education for adults over 40; at this age, people tend to have many responsibilities, such as working full-time jobs and caring for families, which make returning to a college or university extremely challenging,” says Basu. “Texans over the age of 40 are underrepresented in higher education, and, as this last year has highlighted, the need to create and fill medical positions is greater than ever. Older adults motivated to improve the lives of others by pursuing degrees and career paths in the medical field are an inspiration to us all.”

All adults over the age of 40 living in Texas who plan to pursue a graduate degree and career in a qualifying medical field are encouraged to apply for the $1,500 scholarship via a downloadable application now through Friday, April 30. The awarded scholarship funds can be used at any college or university to offset the cost of tuition and educational expenses, including but not limited to supplies and textbooks, required technology, transportation costs, housing, and on-campus expenses.

Submitted applications will be reviewed and vetted by the Basu Scholarship Committee, who will choose an award recipient based on the quality of the application and adherence to the scholarship requirements. The chosen recipient will be notified upon selection, and the award will be disbursed via a cash prize.

[Source: Dr Bob Basu]