University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB)

PSP scholarship preps locals to become local medical practitioners

The Spring deadline to apply for the 2024-25 PSP Scholarship at the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) is coming up Wednesday, May 1.

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The scholarship is part of a partnership between UTPB and the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP), a coalition of 20 energy companies committed to strengthening and improving the quality of life for Permian Basin residents. The scholarship, recently written about by UTPB’s Alexandra Macia, covers tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduates majoring in nursing, pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy, and other pre-health related fields.

Qualifying students can get up to $25,000 in scholarship funds over four years, awarded through a combination of federal, state, and institutional funds, according to Macia.

The initiative aims to support local hospitals and clinics. After graduating, scholarships recipients must agree to work for three years in the Permian Basin in their health-related field.

UTPB nursing major Emily Gonzales said the scholarship enables her to focus on her school work rather than the financial burden. She hopes to make a difference in the world through nursing, much like her father does as a sergeant with the Kermit Police Department, and like her mother did as a police officer for five years in the Monahans Police Department.

“Nursing is just one way to make a difference in this world and I plan to be a part of its future,” she said.

Emily Gonzales

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