LMSA National Scholarships

2023 Fall applications closed on August 1st, 2023 at 11:59pm PT.

LMSA National reserves the right to withdraw or withhold scholarship pending submission of necessary documents or falsification of any information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact LMSA National Scholarship Chair Sinibaldo Romero Arocha at scholarship@lmsa.net.

LMSA National Scholarship Description, Eligiblity, and Required Documentation

The JP Sánchez LGBTQ+ Health & Leadership Award Description, Eligiblity, and Required Documentation


Award Recipients


LMSA National Scholarship

2023 Fall

Arantxa Sanchez was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and immigrated to Chicago, IL, when she was nine. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As a DACA beneficiary and a first-generation college graduate, she is honored to start her journey toward becoming a physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Christian Fernando Guerrero-Juarez was born and raised in Morelia, Michoacán, México. He emigrated to Southern California in his teen years. He received dual B.S./B.A. degrees in Biology and Biochemistry from California State University, San Bernardino. He completed M.S./Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied the mechanisms of cellular reprogramming and skin regeneration. He is currently a second-year medical student in the Physician-Innovator Training Program at Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. There, he serves as the Research and Grants Director of Avicenna Community Health Center (a student-run health clinic in Urbana, IL, that provides culturally competent, free medical services for uninsured/underinsured patients in the Urbana-Champaign area). He co-founded the LMSA Enrichment Program, which offers career guidance and several unique hands-on learning and training opportunities to undergraduate students interested in pursuing healthcare careers. He is an aspiring clinician-scientist interested in dermatology and hopes to pursue a career in academic medicine.

Diego Dominguez is a fourth-year medical student at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was born and raised in El Salvador. Diego completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Biochemistry. He is currently applying to Ophthalmology residency programs. His mission is to educate and advocate for the Latino community in Ophthalmology. As a future Latino physician, Diego would like to design and implement research initiatives that include the Latino community to gain a deeper insight into how ophthalmic care and diseases impact this community.

Efrain Amaro graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology. There, he completed an honors thesis in the public health area, where he wrote on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Be the Hero, an innovative approach to public health efforts when working with at-risk communities from disadvantaged backgrounds. He has also been heavily involved as the Mentorship Director of the LMSA PLUS chapter from the College Station-Bryan Area. Efrain is now a medical student at McGovern Medical School.

Janay Rocha is a second-year osteopathic medical student at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. She was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas along the US/Mexico border. Growing up in a rural community and witnessing the health disparities Latinos face inspired her to pursue a career in medicine, specifically primary care. She is also involved in research and community service and currently serves as the President of the Latino Medical Student Association chapter at her school.

Jemima Constanza was born in NYC but migrated to the Dominican Republic at three years old, where she lived for the next ten years of her childhood. In 2011, her family decided to move back to the Bronx, NY, where she started 8th grade. Jemima graduated with honors in three years from high school, overcoming the language barrier. She continued to excel and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Old Westbury in 2019 and completed a Master of Public Health from SUNY Downstate in December 2020. Jemima took a few gap years and completed the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Program from 2022 to 2023, receiving a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. She successfully completed the linkage program at Drexel University College of Medicine and is now a first-year medical student. Jemima believes in the LMSA values pertaining to inspiring/motivating medical students to act as a voice of reason for the Hispanic community. She considers social determinants of health to be at the forefront and have affected communities of color.

Jessica Angel-Gonzalez graduated from UC Davis and is now a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is very passionate about community education and mentorship. This is supported by her commitment and involvement with MiMentor as their Medical School (Readiness) program Co-Director. Her long-term goal is to become a physician who can deliver accessible and affordable care to underserved communities. Jessica loves hiking with her dogs, dancing, and playing soccer in her free time.

Juliana Provencio is a fourth-year medical student raised in Arizona. She is applying to Internal Medicine this application cycle and is interested in pursuing cardiology. Juliana leads LMSA West as Co-Director and loves LMSA like family. She has played the violin in mariachi groups across the states and Mexico. She likes to exercise, travel, and go to concerts in her free time.

Marlisa Olea-Gallardo is an MS2 at UC Davis School of Medicine and part of the TEACH-MS track. She hails from Southern California and is the proud daughter of Mexican and Honduran immigrants. Marlisa is particularly passionate about mentorship and medical education, evidenced by her involvement in pipeline programs and organizations that foster diversity in medicine. She is the co-founder and co-chair for the First-Generation in Medicine SIG, Chairwoman at Clinica Tepati, VP of Medical Education for LMSA West, Chief Mentorship Officer for MiMentor and Co-President of the Orthopaedic Surgery SIG. She hopes to become a surgical provider for disenfranchised urban communities.

Nicolas Hurtado Bautista proudly identifies as an Afro-Latino. He was born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in Anaheim, California. Growing up with his single mother and grandparents, he was fortunate to be surrounded by family who instilled in him the importance of education and its transformative power. This profound belief drove his determination to attend UCLA, where he graduated in 2020 with a Major in Biology and a Minor in Chicana & Chicano Studies. The following year, he pursued post-baccalaureate training at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. His passion for becoming a doctor stems from a deep desire to address health disparities, practice cultural empathy, provide essential resources to uplift communities, and significantly increase the representation of Afro-Latino physicians within the medical field. He is currently in his first year of medical school at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is excited to embark on the path to becoming a physician, where he can utilize my knowledge, skills, and cultural awareness to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities. Nicolas’ ultimate goal is to inspire future generations of underrepresented students who aspire to become doctors, showing them they can break barriers and make a significant difference in the medical world.

2023 Spring

Alondra Soto-González is pursuing her MD at the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where she majored in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She is the founder of the non-profit Student Research Program PIES, their mission is to represent Hispanics in the scientific literature and develop proper interventions for the Puerto Rican population. Additionally, she has four years of research experience as a Research Assistant and Co-Principal Investigator at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus focused on gastroenterology and obstetrics and gynecology.

Laura Carrillo is a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She grew up in several states across the U.S. and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Molecular and Cell Biology and Cognitive Science and minored in Chicano Studies and Linguistics. As a mother and aspiring pediatrician, she hopes to actively serve in the community to understand and address health disparities in underserved communities and inspire youth interest in the STEM fields to increase the diversity of future physicians and scientists.

Diego Carreño: I am a first-generation Mexican-American medical student and the son of immigrant parents. I attended East Carolina University where I majored in Biology and Public Health, and currently a rising third-year at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. As a future psychiatrist, I want to remove the stigma of mental health not just with Hispanic patients, but with any patient that may also hold stigma, regardless of their cultural background. I am committed to providing patient education, reducing health disparities, and utilizing my bilingual ability to promote awareness and reduce mental health issues in my community.

Karla Murillo is a rising fourth year medical student at UCLA and is part of PRIME-LA. She is a first-generation college student raised in both South LA and Bakersfield. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, raised by a single mother. She is committed to serving under-resourced communities as an ophthalmologist and looks forward to combining her interest in epidemiology and community outreach to create sustainable efforts to address eye health disparities in communities made vulnerable.

Born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Ana Quintanar is a first-generation student on the brink of starting medical school. After moving to America, she attended Chaffey College and UC Berkeley where she majored in Microbial Biology. She is passionate about working with underserved Hispanic and immigrant populations and aspires to build a medical career juggling three hats: pediatrics, global medicine, and precision genomics for minority groups.

Daniel Acevedo is a first-generation medical student at the Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) with a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery. Originally from Medellín, Colombia, Daniel grew up in South Florida and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. He is a two-term president of his university’s LMSA chapter and has a strong passion for improving health outcomes in Latino communities.

Cesar Ponce is currently a first-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Norton College of Medicine. He is a queer, first-generation Mexican American who was born and raised in the New York City. He is a son of Mexican immigrants and aspires to serve as a reliable physician, advocate, and role model to the Latino and LGBTQ+ community he grew up in.

Melissa Venegas is a first-generation, first-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in PRIME-LA. She was born in San Diego, CA and is the eldest daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. Passionate about mentorship and border health, she is Co-Chair of the UCLA/CDU LMSA chapter, Chief Mentorship Officer at MiMentor, and volunteer with Refugee Health Alliance. Melissa’s experiences have shaped her desire to grow into a leader and advocate to reduce health inequities in her community.

Alejandra is a first-generation student originally from México. Growing up in a medically underserved community inspired her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology at the University of Washington and a Master of Public Health degree at Columbia University. She will be starting medical school in the summer where she will continue advocating for health justice and policy supporting LGBTQIA+ and immigrant communities. In her free time, she enjoys practicing taekwondo and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

Julio Siliézar immigrated from San Salvador, El Salvador at the age of 15 and is currently a second-year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He attended San Jose State University and majored in finance and accounting. He is a career changer with a 5 year long career in wealth management who then transitioned to work with the San Francisco Department of Public Health refugee and asylee clinic for 2 years prior to starting medical school. Julio is a HSF scholar, Co-director for the rural student run clinic Knights Landing One Health Center and Board Member for the student run University of California Community Health Conference. He hopes to provide specialty medical access to the Latino immigrant community in the future.

Previous Recipients


The JP Sánchez LGBTQ+ Health & Leadership Award

2023 Fall

Kryssia Campos is a fourth-year medical student at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

2023 Spring

Delia Sosa (they/them/elle) is a first-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Their lived experience as a transgender nonbinary person sparked their interest in serving 2SLGBTQIA+ patients, especially those of transgender and intersex experience and who hold additional marginalized identities. Delia is involved in both community-centered and medical education work to directly serve their patients and to build structures which will help future generations of physicians to do the same.

Previous Recipients