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TWU Launches JAMP Program

10/10/03


DENTON — Two Texas Woman’s University students who plan to be doctors are the university’s first Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) participants. Nathalie Ho is a chemistry and biology major from Missouri City, and Sarah Brenner is a biology major from Garland.

JAMP was created by Senate Bill 940 during the 77th Texas Legislature. The program is intended to support highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students interested in pursing a medical career. The program provides undergraduate and medical school scholarships, as well as stipends so the students can participate in summer internships during their freshman, sophomore and junior years.

This summer, Ms. Ho completed a five-week internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and Ms. Brenner completed an internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“It really gave me the assurance that being a doctor is what I want,” said Ms. Ho. “I think it really made what would normally be a distant goal more realistic.”

Ms. Brenner is a 2002 graduate of Lakeview Centennial High School and the daughter of Dan and Sallie Brenner.

Ms. Ho is a 2002 graduate of Hightower High School and the daughter of Nghia Ho and Kim Ho.

JAMP participants automatically receive admission in one of the state’s eight medical schools if they successfully complete all program requirements. To be eligible for the program, high school students must enroll in a JAMP participating college or university the fall semester following high school graduation. Students also must be Pell Grant eligible, meet SAT or ACT score requirements, complete 15 credit hours during their first semester of college and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average.

For information on the JAMP program at TWU, contact Dr. James Johnson at (940) 898-2567 or at jjohnson@twu.edu. Information about JAMP also is available at www.utsystem.edu/jamp.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu