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Multicultural Faculty and Staff Association Endowed Scholarship

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (the Office) is pleased to provide scholarship opportunities to students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). Each scholarship is in the amount of $500 and recipients may only receive the scholarship once per academic program.

Spring 2023 Recipients

Yaw Adu
School of Medicine - Lubbock Yaw Adu

Hello everyone, my name is Yaw Adu, a current second year medical student. I am very grateful to be receiving this scholarship, which will help decrease my burden of higher educational debt. Thank you for investing in me and I will continue to work hard with plans to pay forward your generosity for other students who may be struggling to fund their education. Thank you again for your generosity and support!


Micelle Quiroz-Armenta
School of Medicine - Odessa Michelle Quiroz 

I am extremely grateful for this award as diversity, equity, and inclusion are facets in which I am passionate about. I have found great purpose in participating in community outreach projects with the goal of delivering fundamental health care and health information to disadvantaged groups. I am devoted to increasing medical literacy in those from humble backgrounds and strive to help fill in the gaps in which underrepresented groups sometimes fall through. 


Naresh Sah
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - Amarillo

Naresh Sah

Receiving the Multicultural Faculty and Staff Association Endowed Scholarship made me feel that I am not alone in this fight and that I am being heard and represented. This boosted my confidence further to overcome any struggle I will face in pursuing my goals. This award motivates and rewards me for keeping up my leadership, community service, and research commitments toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). I want to express my deep appreciation to the Office of DEI and the committee members for this incredible award and their untiring efforts for DEI. 

The Office reserves the responsibility to not award scholarships.


  • Must be a fulltime student at TTUHSC (Graduate students: at least nine credit hours in semester applying; Undergraduate students: at least twelve credit hours in semester applying).
  • Minimum 2.50 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Meet at least two of the following criteria:

    • Be a first-generation college student;
    • Have overcome personal, social and/or physical obstacles to pursuing an education and/or be from a living environment or academic setting that may have hindered educational pursuits; and/or
    • Have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and/or leadership in working with underrepresented groups, through employment, community service or other involvement.


  • Applicants will provide information to verify their status at the institution, which includes:
      • R Number
      • TTUHSC Email Address
      • Program of Study
      • Graduation Month/Year
      • Cumulative TTUHSC GPA (Incoming and first-semester students may submit their undergraduate transcript. Continuing students must use their TTUHSC transcript.)
  • Applicants will submit an essay that is between 300 and 500 words in length discussing how they meet the scholarship criteria (listed above, #3), while explaining their continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in health matters.
  • Applicants will provide a current resume or vita.
  • Applicants will provide one (1) recommendation letter from a professional source (faculty, supervisor, mentor, etc.) who can speak to their qualifications for this scholarship program. Only one recommendation per applicant will be accepted. The letter must be provided in the Recommendation Portal and cannot be submitted by the applicant.

Selection Criteria

The Office will coordinate a selection committee (the Committee) comprised of TTUHSC faculty and staff to review applications. The Office will screen applicants for eligibility before forwarding applications to the Committee. The Committee will evaluate each component of the application using a matrix provided by the Office. The Committee may require applicants to participate in an interview process. By applying, the student grants permission for the Office to verify their GPA and enrollment information with the Office of the Registrar.

Scholarship Application Due Dates and Notification Protocol

Fall recipients

Application for the fall semester are due by April 15. Incoming and continuing student recipients will be notified by May 1 via the recipient’s TTUHSC email address.

Spring recipients 

Applications for the spring semester are due by September 15. Incoming and continuing student recipients will be notified by October 1 via the recipient’s TTUHSC email address.
Given the launch date of this scholarship program in 2022, the application due date for the spring semester is November 1 with a notification date of December 1.

Access the Fall 2023 award cycle application here.

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