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TWU Houston HCA student selected for prestigious scholarship

Katie Ryan, TWU Houston HCA student

Katie Ryan, TWU Houston HCA student, was one of four Texas health care students selected by the American College of Healthcare Executives Southeast Texas Chapter to receive a scholarship.

Kathleen “Katie” Ryan, a Texas Woman’s University-Houston Health Care Administration student, has been selected by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Southeast Texas Chapter as a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Donald B. Wagner Academic Scholarship.

Ryan was one of four students selected for the distinction. Other scholarship winners included two students from Texas A & M University and one from Rice University.

“Katie is a stellar example of one of our most conscientious and engaged HCA students. We are very proud of her and know that this is just an indication of the great things that she will be doing as a future health care leader,” said Anne Selcer, Ph.D., one of Ryan’s professors at Texas Woman’s.

The $5,000 scholarship award is given to graduate students who have excelled in their professional and academic endeavors and who have shown a commitment to pursuing a career in health care administration.

“I am incredibly honored to have been selected,” Ryan said. “I'm also grateful for all of the opportunities the chapter has for students to get involved in networking, as well as to gain exposure to practical applications of what I'm learning in the classroom.”

Ryan is a graduate of Texas Tech University and will receive her Master in Health Care Administration degree from TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center in December 2016.

“One of the reasons I chose the program at TWU was so that I could work during the day and attend classes and do the coursework at night,” says Ryan, who is currently employed with Baylor College of Medicine as an administrative coordinator for the department of pediatrics-nutrition. “This provided a unique opportunity to learn about time management and, really, to learn about my own personal strengths and goals for improvement.”


TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center is located in the heart of the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center, and offers undergraduate nursing degrees and advanced degrees in several health science programs. TWU Houston is one of three campuses of Texas Woman’s University. TWU is the largest public university in the nation primarily for women and has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students on campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Since its founding in 1901, TWU has produced more than 88,000 graduates in fields vital to the growth and quality of life in Texas and the nation, including nursing, health care, education and business.

TWU Houston’s graduate Health Care Administration (HCA) program prepares working professionals for management positions and leadership roles in health care by offering a comprehensive, rigorous curriculum. The HCA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

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