The University of Texas Permian Basin is committed to solving one of the regionâ€™s most pressing issues â€“ a shortage of healthcare professionals. And now, thanks to a generous $10.6 million donation from the Permian Strategic Partnership (PSP), UTPB is able to cover tuition and fees for undergraduates majoring in Nursing, Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, and Pre-Pharmacy through a competitive, renewable four-year scholarship.
â€œOur goal is to grow the next generation of healthcare providers in the Permian Basin,â€ said Donna Beuk, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Performance. â€œThis funding will allow so many students the opportunity to earn a high-quality education â€“ with little to no debt! The thought of student loans and massive debt can deter many qualified students from following their passion of becoming a doctor, nurse, dentist, or pharmacist. Thanks to the support of the PSP, we can now remove that burden, so they can focus on being excellent medical professionals.â€
â€œThe UTPB nursing and pre-med program expansions come at a time when there is a great shortage in our regionâ€ said Tracee Bentley, President and CEO of the PSP. â€œWe are seeing nurses become burnt out from strenuous hours and increased stress. Once established, this program will add up to 60 nursing graduates and 60 pre-med graduates by 2027 and annually thereafter. We look forward to building this local pipeline with our partners at UTPB.â€
Funding is awarded through a combination of federal, state, and institutional funds to qualifying students. PSP Scholarship candidates must:
- Have a GPA of 5 or higher
- Be a permanent resident of the Permian Basin*
- Be admitted to UT Permian Basin
- For Nursing, must also be admitted to the School of Nursing
- For Pre-Health, must declare a pre-health major
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 5 or higher each semester
UT Permian Basin is committed to supporting our healthcare partners by training talented, experienced, and motivated professionals ready to serve our community. To further support our hospitals and clinics, scholarship recipients must agree to work three years after graduation in their health-related field for an employer in the Permian Basin. Once students have been admitted to UTPB, they will fill out an application for the PSP scholarship by using their self- created Student Portal username and password.
*Students eligible for the PSP Scholarship must reside in qualifying counties to be eligible: Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler. New Mexico: Chaves, Eddy, and Lea. Additional scholarships are available for students who live outside of the Permian Basin.