Monday, October 1, 2018

By Jennifer Berghom

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – OCT. 1, 2018 – The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation has established a $50,000 endowed scholarship in honor of the foundation’s former executive director, Randall “Randy” Baker, who retired from his post June 30.

The Randall Baker Endowed Scholarship will support students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine who declare an intention to specialize in psychiatry, neurology or a related field in the neurosciences.

Since medical students declare their intention for specialization by the third year of study, Randall Baker scholarship recipients will be third- or fourth- year medical students who also demonstrate a commitment to practice in the Rio Grande Valley upon completion of their residency programs. Preference also will be given to students originally from the Rio Grande Valley.

“We are grateful to the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation for this generous gift,” said Dr. John H. Krouse, executive vice president for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at UTRGV.

“Part of our mission is to educate a workforce of physicians and scientists for the Rio Grande Valley through high-quality professional and graduate degree programs in the biomedical sciences,” he said. “This scholarship will alleviate for our students the financial burden of medical school.”


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.