Our Mission: 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.
2008 Scholarship Recipient, graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and currently enrolled at The University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
“One of the best decisions of my life remains applying for the Neal Kocurek Scholarship. The St. David’s Foundation has supported me through two Bachelors’ Degrees in Honors Biomedical Engineering and Computational Biology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research, and my Medical Degree – not to mention an internship through their Community Affairs Department. The scholarship not only afforded me the financial flexibility to pursue my dreams at some of the best academic institutions in the nation, but also provided a constant sense of Central Texas family that I knew I could depend on. I look forward to realizing the generous investment given to me by giving back to my community as a future cardiologist, clinical researcher, and mentor to the generations to follow.”
Marisol (Alvarado) McDaniel
2006 Scholarship Recipient, graduate of Rice University and current Doctoral Candidate at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
“Growing up in East Austin, I observed many health disparities among people of color. While in college, I learned more about health inequalities and this knowledge confirmed my decision to pursue a career in alleviating health disparities in my community. The St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship has empowered me financially and academically to be involved in public health research and practice. With assistance from St. David’s Foundation over the years, I am now a Doctoral Candidate (DrPH) in Community Health Practice.”
- Up to $7,500 is awarded per scholar annually for up to eight years, totaling up to $60,000.
- 182 employees of St. David’s HealthCare are currently volunteering as scholar mentors.
- 117 Kocurek Scholars have received undergraduate degrees.
- 70 scholars are currently in graduate or medical school.
- 93 percent of the scholars have continued with their degree programs.