To Fund St. David’s
Neal Kocurek Scholarships
All proceeds from Toast of the Town sponsorships and tickets—magnified by a two-to-one match by St. David’s Foundation Community Fund—are dedicated to the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund awards needs and merit based scholarships to Central Texas high school seniors for their education in health-related degree programs at Texas colleges and universities.
The St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund is one of the largest scholarship programs in Central Texas, supporting scholars from Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. Since the program’s inception in 2005, more than 340 students have received the scholarships to study medicine, nursing, physical therapy, biomedical engineering and other health-related careers.
2016 Scholarship Recipient, The University of Texas at Austin
“The St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship has helped mold me into a well-rounded person ready to take on the world. Because of this scholarship, I have the tools, the confidence, and the support to become a contributing member of the Central Texas healthcare community. I know I will conquer any obstacles I may face as long as I have the St. David’s Foundation family by my side. I am ready to tackle the future as a St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholar!”
2017 Scholarship Recipient, The University of Texas at Austin
“The SDNK Scholarship acts as a constant reminder that individuals believe in me and my aspirations. The scholarship provides me with the opportunity to explore the field of medicine with my own mentor who acts as a guide and a friend. I strive to one day give back to the future generations of SDNK scholars once I achieve my goals in order to pass on the blessings that have been provided to me.”
- Up to $7,500 is awarded per scholar annually for up to eight years, totaling up to $60,000.
- 235 employees of St. David’s HealthCare are currently volunteering as scholar mentors.
- 166 Kocurek Scholars have received undergraduate degrees.
- 83 scholars are currently in graduate or medical school.
- 93 percent of the scholars have continued with their degree programs.
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