Students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will have access to scholarship funds as a result of a generous $2 million gift from the Bill and Corinne Wright Family.
The Wright Family ASCO Foundation Endowed Presidential Scholarship was established to provide scholarships available to all qualified recruits and current students.
With the high cost of a health career education, students search for ways to offset some of the debt. Cost of tuition alone can vary for each health field. For nursing students to complete one semester for a traditional Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) track, costs can run more than $12,000 for residents and $18,675 for non-residents. For four years of medical school, cost approximations can run more than $210,000. Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., TTUHSC president, said that TTUHSC is exceedingly fortunate to have the Wright family’s support.
“They give back to the community in many ways, with notable contributions in community leadership, business success, financial support for education and academic endowments at TTUHSC,” Mitchell said. “The Wrights reinforce their personal and their company’s core values that stress service, spirituality and generosity to their employees. With their thoughtful assistance, our university will continue to educate students in all health care fields and help lessen the burden of debt.”
The Wright family owns and operates ASCO, a heavy line equipment dealer and rental house founded in 1960. In 2005, they established the Corinne Payne Wright Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology. “Our company’s core values include to grow profitably: a means to a more important end,” Paula Key said. “Our family, which includes our employees, contributed this gift to TTUHSC with the hopes that in the end, these scholarships will educate quality health care providers in West Texas and other areas to give our communities the best health care possible.”