Grant Holders

Darielys Mejias

Darielys is about to complete her third year of medicine at PHSU. Despite the great challenges she faced during the year, she was able to meet her academic goals, prepare herself and take the USMLE Step 1 exam. This exam is a requirement to apply for her medical residency the following year. Due to her academic achievements, Fundación Intellectus awarded her a scholarship that has covered her tuition during her medical career. Darielys also serves in different organizations such as the Emergency Medicine Interest Group, the Internal Medicine group and Student Council of the PHSU. She is currently assisting with the administration of COVID-19 vaccines at the PHSU Wellness Center.

Linda Perez

Linda completed her Ph.D. in public health at PHSU and continues studying at the Medical Sciences Campus as a grant holder of the National Institute of Health. While she was completing her PhD, Fundación Intellectus awarded Linda a fellowship to research about sexual violence. Her research was presented in the 5th Interdisciplinary Research Symposium of the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine.

Thanks to such support, she will continue working at the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine as Director of the Graduate Resource Center and Research Mentor at Health-Justice Center under the guidance of Dr. Linda Laras and Dr. Melissa Marzán.

Kiara Ortiz

Fundación Intellectus awarded Kiara a scholarship for her commitment to community service during her medical career. We recognized the valuable contribution that she made to populations in great need in Caguas and Santurce, through Curitas Pa’l Barrio and Punto de Esperanza Clinic.

“I see in this career a genuine opportunity to help people, and as I do this, I see how each experience is training me as a professional.”

Kiara is soon-to-graduate and then will begin her internal medicine residency at Hospital de Veteranos in Puerto Rico.

Hector Vargas

Hector Vargas earned his medical degree from Ponce Health Science University (PHSU). For his outstanding academic performance, Fundación Intellectus awarded him a scholarship for his tuition. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and before starting his residency, Héctor collaborated with the PHSU “Call Center” by taking calls from the public and answering questions about COVID-19, and providing emotional support. Hector is currently completing his residency in pediatrics at Baylor College and hopes to complete it in 2023.

Sharlene Santiago

Sharlene Santiago is a medical biology student at Universidad de Puerto Rico at Ponce. She likes challenges, so she decided to study medicine. The foundation awarded her a scholarship so that she could take the MCAT exam. This helped her to begin a career in medicine, and achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.