FORT WORTH – A local non-profit Latin American physician organization in North Texas has selected Isabella Amado, a first-year medical student at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, as their newest scholarship recipient.
“It is a huge honor to receive this scholarship,” Amado said. “This is a testament to all the hard work and effort I have put in and motivates me to continue making my mark wherever I go.”
The North Texas Latin American Physicians Association (NTLAPA) is made up of Latin American physicians and professional healthcare leaders working together to improve the quality of health care for the communities in North Texas through scholarship and community support.
The $10,000 scholarship was awarded to Amado, who is a native of Panama and whose family moved to Virginia Beach, Va., when she started high school in 2011. While in high school, Amado was a highly touted gymnast and earned a bronze medal in the 2014 Medellin World Cup. Amado earned a spot on the Panamanian Olympic team and competed as a gymnast in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Amado decided her next passion in life was to become a physician. She was accepted into the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine and began her studies in July 2021.
Isabella was joined by Lisa McBride, Ph.D., associate dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the school of medicine at NTLAPA’s scholarship reception dinner in August 2021.
“I was surrounded by inspiring people at the dinner, most of whom were Latinx,” Amado said. “They shared incredible and inspiring stories of how they became physicians by overcoming the odds. As a Latin American woman, I aim to continue inspiring people to achieve their dreams and goals despite their circumstances.”