The St. David's Neal Kocurek Scholarship

The St. David's mission relies heavily on the tireless work of physicians, nurses, dentists, and lab technicians. With comprehensive support for students across our five counties, the Neal Kocurek Scholarship nurtures the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The scholarship not only provides a robust tutoring program, wellness coaching, mental health services, and financial assistance; each recipient is also paired with an accomplished medical professional, who provides priceless mentorship throughout the scholar's entire college journey.

Whether you're a high school senior shopping for scholarships, a healthcare professional with a passion for mentoring, or a philanthropist committed to our community's health, we're happy you're here!

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

The Kocurek Scholarship is funded in part by the St. David's Foundation, but is only possible with the generous support of our gracious donors.

MEET MAYA PAYNE SMART
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MENTOR SPOTLIGHT

Financial assistance is important, but being mentored by an accomplished professional in your field of study is priceless.

MEET THOMAS SUH, DPT, ATC

"To be a physician was always my dream. St. David’s made it possible."

GRANT PIERRE, MD | 2008 koCUREK SCHOLAR

2020 Scholars | Intended Careers

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St. David’s Foundation Community Fund established the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship to honor the vision and community spirit of its longtime CEO. A natural mentor, Kocurek was an advisor to many Austin school superintendents and educators. The scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify Neal Kocurek’s leadership and commitment to community. Financial need and scholastic merit will be considered in the review process. We have awarded over 600 Neal Kocurek scholarships since the program’s inception in 2005.
St. David’s Foundation Community Fund established the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship to honor the vision and community spirit of its longtime CEO. A natural mentor, Kocurek was an advisor to many Austin school superintendents and educators. The scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify Neal Kocurek’s leadership and commitment to community. Financial need and scholastic merit will be considered in the review process. We have awarded over 600 Neal Kocurek scholarships since the program’s inception in 2005, and 61 were awarded last year.

"I know I will conquer any obstacles I may face as long as I have
the St. David’s Foundation family by my side. "

PEYTON PHIFER | 2016 KOCUREK SCHOLAR

About Dr. Neal Kocurek

Dr. W. Neal Kocurek (1936-2004), possessed a special gift of bringing people together to achieve progress in areas such as health care, education, transportation, water, social equity, and regional stewardship.

Dr. Kocurek graduated from Austin High School as salutatorian and earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He retired in 1998 as Executive Vice President of Radian Corporation.

After retiring from Radian, Kocurek served St. David’s Health Care System as President and CEO for six years. During that time, St. David’s became one of the largest health care systems in Central Texas. Kocurek was passionate about creating a structure to coordinate health care for the poor among regional providers and to address the root causes of health problems in Austin.

Kocurek’s legacy also includes the Neal Kocurek Memorial Austin Convention Center, which he worked tirelessly to make a reality; the Neal Kocurek Health Science Institute at Lanier High School; and Envision Central Texas, among others.

About Dr. Neal Kocurek

Dr. W. Neal Kocurek (1936-2004), possessed a special gift of bringing people together to achieve progress in areas such as health care, education, transportation, water, social equity, and regional stewardship.

Dr. Kocurek graduated from Austin High School as salutatorian and earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He retired in 1998 as Executive Vice President of Radian Corporation.

After retiring from Radian, Kocurek served St. David’s Health Care System as President and CEO for six years. During that time, St. David’s became one of the largest health care systems in Central Texas. Kocurek was passionate about creating a structure to coordinate health care for the poor among regional providers and to address the root causes of health problems in Austin.

Kocurek’s legacy also includes the Neal Kocurek Memorial Austin Convention Center, which he worked tirelessly to make a reality; the Neal Kocurek Health Science Institute at Lanier High School; and Envision Central Texas, among others.

About Dr. Neal Kocurek