C. Bob Basu, MD, MBA, MPH, FACS of Houston has announced the first-annual Basu Plastic Surgery Advancing Care Scholarship for Adult Learners. The scholarship is 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.
"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," said Dr. 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."
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. Eligible degrees include: Doctorate (MD, DO, DPM, DDS, DMD, DPM, DMD, OD, PsyD, PharmD, DCM, DS, DPT, DSN, PhD, DNP), Nursing (RN, NP, CNM, CRNA, LPN), Master's (MPH, MM, MMS, MN, MNA, MPharm, MPAS, MSN, MSM) and Physician's Assistant (PA, PAC).
The scholarship funds can be used at any college or university to offset the cost of tuition, supplies, textbooks, required technology, transportation costs, housing and on-campus expenses.
Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2021, and 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 application can be found HERE.