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UH College of Medicine gets $5M gift to fund scholarships, attract diverse students

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by Tierra Smith

HOUSTON – The University of Houston College of Medicine received a $5 million gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas with the aim of attracting diverse students pursuing primary care medicine, according to a release.

The contribution will be divided into $3.5 million for scholarships and $1.5 million to create a pipeline program to attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in practicing primary care medicine.

The scholarship fund will provide $100,000 scholarships to at least 35 medical students. The medical school says it will begin a holistic admission process that not only factors in Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores and grade point average but also other factors that might predict if a student is likely to pursue primary care as a profession.

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