Schreiner Student - Barrera

Accepted into Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)

The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) council met on Feb 6, 2019 to select the JAMP entry year 2019 class. Among those selected was Schreiner University student Anita Barrera. Barrera attended the Schreiner University First Year Campus (FYC) at Mission, TX, and is now a full-time student living on the Schreiner campus.

“Attending the FYC at Mission allowed me to stay home and receive additional scholarships for my undergraduate education,” shared Barrera. Originally from Weslaco, TX, she is majoring in BS Biology: Cellular Track with a minor in Psychology.

“JAMP is a special program created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education,” according to the JAMP website. JAMP is funded through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and represents a “unique partnership between all Texas medical schools and sixty-seven public and private four-year undergraduate institutions.”

Created in 2003, JAMP has been helping Texas students achieve their dreams with guaranteed admission to one of the Texas’ medical schools, financial, and academic support to help them get there, and access to resources that allow them to excel.

“I owe a debt of gratitude to the teachers at South Texas Academy for Medical Professions High School,” Barrera added. “The high school teachers took me to the Texas A&M campus where I experienced a two-week summer medical program and met JAMP mentors who informed me about what a great opportunity JAMP was.”

This summer, Barrera will attend a summer internship program at one of the participating Texas medical schools. This program exposes JAMP students to a rich learning experience as they interact with students and faculty at the medical school. “I am very grateful to JAMP for giving me this opportunity that otherwise I would not have.”

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