Sahael Stapleton and Maria Garcia.
Special scholarships have brought
us some of the nation’s
minority medical students. Two reflect on the difference they’ve made.
When Maria Garcia applied to medical school, everything seemed
to be going her way. On the list of schools offering her admission
were Harvard, Hopkins, Columbia, UCSF and UC Berkeley.
Of them all, Garcia wanted Hopkins. But after her financial
aid meeting during Revisit Weekend, when applicants take a “second
Hopkins, she returned to her Oakland, Calif., home dispirited.
The School of Medicine was still out of reach financially.
As a senior in high school, Garcia had been accepted at Harvard
but wound up attending Berkeley and living at home, a less expensive
alternative. Now it seemed as though once again, sheer economics,
not personal preference, would determine her choice of medical