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February 2009

Release Date: Feb. 26, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Qualifies Three Sophomores for JAMP

Three Angelo State University sophomores have been accepted to the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) and are now eligible for state scholarship money all the way through medical school.

ASU biology majors Hilliary (Felisha) Lopez of Ballinger, Omar Martinez of Vega and Kerrville native Alexandria Sharp were accepted to the JAMP following a rigorous freshman year that included mandatory tutoring and advising, trips to medical seminars and interviews with program directors in Austin.

Established by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2003, the JAMP guarantees a paid college and medical school education for selected students who meet and maintain the financial and academic guidelines. To apply to the JAMP through ASU, students must be admitted the first fall semester after their senior year of high school, score at least the state average on the SAT or ACT and be eligible for a Pell Grant. They must also sign up for 15 credit hours, including biology and chemistry, but can major in any subject, as long as they complete the medical school prerequisites in biology, chemistry, physics and math.

Once JAMP students graduate having met all the program criteria, their applications are automatically sent to all nine Texas medical schools. Once they are matched with a school, the students will receive supplementary scholarships to those institutions.

Each year, Angelo State is allotted two potential JAMP slots for students to compete for and has filled them every year. When other schools do not fill their reserved slots, the openings are re-allocated. That has allowed ASU to put even more students into the program, including this year.

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