Grant Holders

Our mission is to foster the development of individuals committed to science and research for the physical and mental health of Puerto Ricans. For the past 9 years we have helped more than 1.5K medicine students, researchers, undergraduate, pre-college students and others, in their professional growth through our scholarship program and other donations.

2023 - 2024

María A. Lopera Mejía

Health Research Scholarship

She was a recipient of the Health Research Scholarship in 2023 and is currently studying her 4th year of medicine at Ponce Health Sciences University. “The project Improving Menstrual Distress and Awareness of Gynecologic Disorders: Delivery of Tailored Menstrual Education to Puerto Rican Female Young Adults has made it possible to provide Puerto Rican adolescents and young adults with clear descriptions of what to expect from menstruation, demystify the process and clarify any concerns or fear in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Data from this study will be used to inform medical professionals, Department of Health, Department of Education and other public policy stakeholders on the island about the menstrual care needs of our young adult population. María, together with her project team, will design an awareness campaign aimed at destroying the important stigma and taboos that surround this topic and improving the gynecological health of our population and communities.”

Armando J. Ruiz Justiz

Publication Scholarship

He is a recipient of the Publications Scholarship this year and is currently studying his 3rd year of medicine at the Medical Sciences Campus. His project A New Variant in the PRPF6 Gene Leading to Retinitis Pigmentosa: A Case Report was published in the journal Cureus in November 2023. “This study summarizes the genetic mutations that have been identified so far in this study condition, and presents a novel case of an unknown variant in the PRPF6 gene discovered in a Puerto Rican patient with retinitis pigmentosa. The case studied exposes a new mutation associated with this condition, which could be related to the Puerto Rican and Caribbean population, so more research is necessary in this area. Future studies with a larger sample size and molecular testing of this variant in the PRPF6 gene are necessary to understand the mechanism of this mutation in the development of retinitis pigmentosa, and potentially develop treatment strategies.”

David Febre Alemañy

Sexual Violence Research Scholarship

He was a recipient of the Sexual Violence Research Scholarship in 2023 and is currently a student at the School of Medicine-San Juan Bautista. His project Experiences of sexual misconduct and violence among residents and medical students in academic healthcare settings in Puerto Rico focuses on “promoting the implementation of new policies that do not put the career, education and reputation of victims at risk, with the purpose of making the medical field a healthier and safer work and learning environment.” David, along with his project team, want to educate their participants “about the actions that can be taken in situations of sexual violence; This in turn safeguards the privacy of the participants and provides appropriate routes of support to those victims who wish to do so.”

Fabiana Marini Martínez

Health Research Scholarship

She was a recipient of the Health Research Scholarship in 2023 and is currently a student at Ponce Health Sciences University. Fabiana is working on the project A Neutrophil-Centered Assessment on Inflammation in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which focuses on “exploring the connection between obstructive sleep apnea and the inflammatory response generated by neutrophils, key cells of the immune system.” The main purpose of this project is to “elucidate the role of these cells in apnea and determine how their activity is related to the severity of the disease.” Fabiana and her project colleagues “aspire to discover innovative methods to monitor the disease and propose therapies that mitigate complications linked to obstructive sleep apnea, especially in the patient population in Puerto Rico.”

Erik Vélez Pérez

Health Research Scholarship

He was a recipient of the Health Research Scholarship in 2023 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public health, with a focus on the epidemiology field. Erik works on the project Social determinants of mental health among medical students in Puerto Rico: A mixed-methods study. This project “focuses on a cross-sectional study that adopts a mixed methods approach, integrating both quantitative and qualitative components supported by evidence. The methodology has been designed to obtain a holistic understanding of the relationship between the social determinants of health and the mental health symptoms that medical students in Puerto Rico currently face.” This research is expected to offer “significant contributions that influence the development of public health interventions aimed at improving the mental health and well-being of future health professionals on the island.”

Sebastián Bernaschina Rivera

Scientific Research Scholarship

He is a recipient of the Scientific Research Scholarship this year 2024 and is in his 3rd year at Ponce Health Sciences University. Together with his main researchers Gilberto Ruiz Deyá and Carmen Ortiz Sánchez, the student is working on the project titled Early Onset Prostate Cancer in Puerto Rican Men. “This study provides important information on optimal risk assessment and screening strategies tailored to Puerto Ricans, thereby improving early detection rates and overall outcomes for prostate cancer.” Sebastián indicates that “this project will allow him to acquire the experience and skills necessary to excel in future clinical and research environments. The Intellectus Foundation’s contribution will advance a pioneering collaboration at Ponce Health Sciences University that involves students, physicians and researchers focused on combating prostate cancer in Puerto Rico.”
 

David Correa Vargas

Conferences Scholarship

He is a recipient of the Conference Scholarship this year and is currently studying his 3rd year of medicine at Ponce Health Sciences University. During this month of April, David had the opportunity to present his research titled Triathlon Athlete faces triple Aortic Pathologies. This project was presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC.24) at the Georgia World Congress Center. The student indicates that “staying up to date in a field as dynamic as cardiology is crucial to providing quality care. The scholarship not only supports his continuing education, but also contributes to his commitment to provide exceptional medical care in the field of cardiovascular disease.”

Paola Rullán/ Yousef Majid

Health Research Scholarship

Paola has received 2 Intellectus scholarships during 2023. During the month of June 2023 she received a scholarship to cover her tuition costs in medicine and in November 2023 she was awarded a scholarship, along with his colleague Yousef Majid, to cover expenses of the project Promoting Health Care in Puerto Rico through Multidisciplinary Clinics led by Ponce Health Sciences University Students. This research seeks to provide medical, nursing and psychological services to communities in Puerto Rico that lack health insurance and/or cannot pay for medical care. It will focus on addressing and preventing systemic barriers affecting the population to encourage sustainability in its model. Along with the participation of community groups, the Student-Run Free Clinics (Clínica del Sur) bring together students to provide free medical services to the southern regions of Puerto Rico.

Nicol Ríos Ortiz

Health Research Scholarship

She was a recipient of the Health Research Scholarship in 2023 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in genetics. Her project Defining Allelic Variations in High Frequency Among the Puerto Rican Population in Genes Associated with Coronary Heart Diseases focuses on “identifying allelic variations to associate genetic factors that contribute to the high prevalence of coronary heart diseases in Puerto Rico. It is hoped that the findings of this research can help improve early detection, prevention and treatments adapted to the Puerto Rican population. Nicol indicates that “with the assistance of our scholarship, this research will provide knowledge that will allow advances in treatments and thus improve the health of its population.”

Rafael Cordero Villamil

Health Research Scholarship

He was a recipient of the Health Research Scholarship in 2023 and is currently pursuing his doctorate in medicine at Ponce Health Sciences University. The project developed by Rafael and his project team, Value-Based Health Care Research Fellowship, focuses on the implementation and optimization of the Value-Based Health Care model in the institution’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. It shows that value-based healthcare improves patient satisfaction while minimizing the costs of unnecessary treatments. The student understands that applying this new model will alleviate the burden that millions of patients face when seeking high-quality treatment. Rafael “hopes to benefit the health of the people of Puerto Rico by being at the forefront of this new health system in our country, thus applying the concepts learned throughout his research with the support of Fundación Intellectus.”

2023

Kevin D. Hornedo González

Medicine Grant

Gabriela Rosado González

Medicine Grant

Nelson D. Franqui Ríos

Medicine Grant

Paola Rullán Oliver

Medicine Grant

Bryan Vega Sanabria

Medicine Grant

Félix A. Zayas Rodríguez

Medicine Grant

Jean Carlos Quiles Vega

MCAT Grant

Nyleishka Pagán González

MCAT Grant

Darielis M. Ortiz de Jesús

Science Camp Grant

Amelimar Maldonado Echevarría

Science Camp Grant

Karla M. Santiago Soltero

Scientific Research Grant

Keishla M. Arce Ruiz

Scientific Research Grant

Natalia I. Ortiz Alvelo

Scientific Research Grant

Maralexa Martínez Valcárcel

Scientific Research Grant

Gabriel González Díaz

Scientific Research Grant

Delmarie M. Rivera Rodríguez

Conference Grant

Gabriel González & Joshua Vivas

Conference Grant

Yarelis Roque Reyes

Conference Grant

Cayetana Lazcano Etchebarne

Conference Grant

Laura Santiago Caobi

Conference Grant

Alondra Soto González

Conference Grant

Adrián Naoun

Publication Grant

Emil Varas

Publication Grant

Carlos Monroig

Publication Grant

Mariana Fonseca Chavier

MD-PHSU Grant

Adriana Gutiérrez Camacho

MD-PHSU Grant

David Febre Alemañy

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Nicole D. García Ortiz

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Carlos Monroig Rivera

Health Research Grant

Carmen Acosta Fernández

Health Research Grant

Erik Vélez Pérez

Health Research Grant

Fabiana Marini Martínez

Health Research Grant

Jeriel Dumeng Rodríguez

Health Research Grant

Joel A. Orengo Orengo

Health Research Grant

María A. Lopera Mejía

Health Research Grant

Nicol Ríos Ortiz

Health Research Grant

Paola Rullán/ Yousef Majid

Health Research Grant

Rafael Cordero Villamil

Health Research Grant

Raymond Quiñones Alvarado

Health Research Grant

Yadiel A. Rivera López

Health Research Grant

Yesenia Rivera Escobales

Health Research Grant

2022

Eric L. Graulau Rivera

Medicine Grant

Daisy Pulido

Medicine Grant

Carlos A. Monroig Rivera

Medicine Grant

Gerson G. Santiago González

Medicine Grant

Natalia S. Laguna Santiago

Medicine Grant

José I. Acosta Julbe

Medicine Grant

Vanesa Campos Colberg

Medicine Grant

Brian D. Soto Miranda

MD-PHSU Grant

Maralexa Martínez Valcárcel

MD-PHSU Grant

Kimberly N. Pagán Reyes

MCAT Grant

Carla I. Quiles Vélez

MCAT Grant

María F. Dos Santos Torres

MCAT Grant

Kristie M. Torres Montero

MCAT Grant

Eva L. Serrano Menéndez

Science Camp Grant

Angelis Cabrera Rodríguez

Science Camp Grant

Atrim G. Rodríguez Santiago

Science Camp Grant

Amelimar Maldonado Echevarría

Science Camp Grant

Jazmín Z. Jiménez Montes

Science Camp Grant

Nelly Arroyo Alvarado

Health Research Grant

Sheila Valle Cortés

Health Research Grant

Raymond Quiñones Alvarado

Health Research Grant

Beatriz Morales Cabán

Health Research Grant

Edicer Ramírez Rivera

Health Research Grant

Jorge Rivera Velázquez

Health Research Grant

Gerardo Collazo Malavé

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Janice Delgado Díaz

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Gretchen Caballer Rivera

Sexual Violence Research Grant

2021

Juan Silva

Medicine Grant

Evián Pérez

Medicine Grant

Alexandra Alfonso

Medicine Grant

Jessalyn Pla

Health Research Grant

Daraishka Pérez

Health Research Grant

Elliott Rodríguez

Health Research Grant

Jesús Meléndez

Health Research Grant

Eduardo Medina

Health Research Grant

Dianiris Astacio

MD-PHSU Grant

Camille Ruiz

MD-PHSU Grant

Bridgitt Cortés

MCAT Grant

José Rodríguez

MCAT Grant

Gabriela Massanet

MCAT Grant

Yainira Méndez

MD-PHSU Grant

Cristina Rivera

Science Camp Grant

2020

Karlene Vega

MD-PHSU Grant

Laura Rodríguez

MD-PHSU Grant

Gabriel Sacarello

Medicine Grant

Hiram Jiménez

Medicine Grant

Kiara Ortiz

Medicine Grant

Víctor Acosta

Medicine Grant

Edison Martínez

Medicine Grant

Sharlene Santiago

MCAT Grant

Emily Torres

MCAT Grant

Andrea Rodríguez

MCAT Grant

Zally Torres

Health Research Grant

Beatriz Morales

Health Research Grant

Alejandra Medina & Luis López

Health Research Grant

Alexandra Aquino

Health Research Grant

Gabriela Ortiz Soto

Health Research Grant

Robert Rabelo

Health Research Grant

Luis Díaz Medero

Sexual Violence Research Grant

2019

Claudia Colón

Health Research Grant

Jaisy Vega

Health Research Grant

Eva Gordián

Health Research Grant

Analee Aponte

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Astrid Irizarry

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Linda Pérez

Sexual Violence Research Grant

Anthony Robateau

MD-PHSU Grant

Jaymilitte Bosques

MD-PHSU Grant

Joedali Baez

MD-PHSU Grant

Stephanie Sánchez

MD-PHSU Grant

Daniel Rivera

MD-PHSU Grant

Sergio Maldonado

MD-PHSU Grant

2018

Darielys Mejías

MD-PHSU Grant

Yaiel Rodríguez

MD-PHSU Grant

2017

Lorein Moya

MD-PHSU Grant

Sofía Saavedra

MD-PHSU Grant

Javier Colón

MD-PHSU Grant

Francisco Baralt

MD-PHSU Grant

2016

Raymond Isidro

MD-PHSU Grant

Brian Torres

MD-PHSU Grant

Héctor Vargas

MD-PHSU Grant

Lubriel Sambolín

PhD-PHSU Grant

Melanie Hidalgo

PhD-PHSU Grant

Joaris Soto

PhD-PHSU Grant

Angélica Rivera

PhD-PHSU Grant

2015

Rocío Lamboy

PhD-PHSU Grant

Yesenia Castillo

PhD-PHSU Grant

Angel Díaz

MD-PHSU Grant

Jean Carlos Lafontaine

MD-PHSU Grant

Christian Cuvillier

MD-PHSU Grant

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I had gained more learning opportunities at the event with the Conference Scholarship. I am committed to use each of these and become a more skilled and empathetic physician in pediatric care.
Laura Santiago
Conference Scholarship
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I am grateful for the support provided by the Fundación Intellectus and look forward to the day when these findings become available to all orthopedic surgeons, thus contributing to the advancement of this condition.
Carlos Monroig
Publications Scholarship
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This scholarship has been more than just a financial support; It has been a backrest on the path to my dreams and aspirations. It has given me the confidence to believe in myself and my ability to contribute to the science field.
Amelimar Maldonado
Science Camp
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I hope to benefit the health of the people of Puerto Rico by being at the forefront of this new health system in our country, thus applying the concepts learned throughout my research with the support of Fundación Intellectus
Rafael Cordero
Health Research
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Having received the MD-PHSU Scholarship is an honor and an investment toward my goal of becoming a successful and empathetic physician.
Adriana Gutiérrez
MD-PHSU

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