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Sahael Stapleton and Maria Garcia.

Diverse Scholars
Special scholarships have brought us some of the nation’s top 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 look” at 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 school.


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