Maurine Ramirez- School of Medicine

Dear Friends,

I will never forget the life-changing moment I learned I was one of 55 medical students accepted into the School of Medicine’s first class at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. It was proof I had not let my circumstances limit me. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in a low-income, high-crime neighborhood in an area known as a colonia. I watched many good people go down the wrong path, but I persevered. I am now a proud scholarship recipient on my way to becoming a doctor. 

Family encouragement and support from generous donors have made a difference in my life. Now, I want to transform lives in my community by being a role model and a champion for health and well-being.

Recently, I assisted with health screenings at Operation Lone Star, a program that provides medical and dental care for impoverished families. It was during this time that my community became my classroom. It was my second day as a medical student in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Since that day, I have only become more inspired by our dedicated medical school faculty and UTRGV’s dedication to eliminating gaps in health care access. When you give to the School of Medicine, you will play a transformative role in students’ lives while also becoming a partner in changing health care throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

You can support students like me and join UTRGV in providing a world-class medical education in the Rio Grande Valley with a gift to the School of Medicine.  Your gifts not only provide scholarships, but fund innovative programs, vital research and contribute to the recruitment of top faculty.

You can also visit to make a gift that will have a lasting impact.

Our work in the community is just beginning. One day, I may just end up in my old neighborhood, helping families who I know and love. Donors are at the core of our medical programs and community initiatives. Will you join the School of Medicine in improving lives and transforming the health of our communities?


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Maurine Ramirez
UTRGV Class of 2020