Silver City Medical Student Wins Prestigious Award



October 19, 2011

UNM La Tierra Sagrada Society Presents Annual Scholarship

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Silver City’s Rebecca Ashton, UNM School of Medicine Class of 2012, has been awarded a $7,500 La Tierra Sagrada Society (LTSS) Scholarship for her work with children and adolescents in the virtues of education and good health.

Ashton has taken part in international medicine projects, including a week-long program in El Salvador, providing surgeries to needy children. She also has traveled to Kenya to complete her research project on the effect of supplemental food on childhood malnutrition rates.

"I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not want to be a physician," Ashton exclaims. "I've always helped people, and by becoming a physician I know I can take that to a whole new level."

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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