Las Vegas Medical Student Wins Prestigious Award



October 19, 2011

UNM La Tierra Sagrada Society Presents Annual Scholarship

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Las Vegas New Mexico’s Franscheka Sevyllyn Gurule, UNM School of Medicine Class of 2014, has been awarded a $15,000 La Tierra Sagrada Society (LTSS) Dean's Endowed Scholarship for her work in promoting education and activism in minority students.

Gurule is secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Minorities in Medicine; a volunteer with the New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association; has participated in the UNM School of Medicine's Dream Makers Program; is president of the Pediatric interest Group; coordinator of the student Anatomical Donor Memorial Service; and has shared her personal story with hundreds of New Mexico Latino students.

"The field of medicine encompasses everything I look for in a career," Gurule offers. "It offers me an opportunity to impact the lives of people; provides me with tools to make change; and challenges me every step of the way. In particular, I'm drawn to the value of preventive medicine in underserved communities."

The UNM School of Medicine's La Tierra Sagrada Society, Spanish for "The Sacred Earth," was established in 1996 by Paul Roth, M.D., MS, FACEP, Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine. It is a member-driven organization dedicated to medical education, research and healing.

The society focuses on bringing together members of the UNM medical community, its partners, and the public to pool membership funds for greater impact. Annually, the society funds community grants and medical student scholarships, all selected through rigorous, competitive review processes.

The Society's mission is to promote the excellence of the UNM School of Medicine within the New Mexico community and to provide financial assistance, fellowship, and volunteerism through membership. For more information on LTSS, visit

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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