St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship

Our Neal Kocurek Scholarship was established 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 scholarship provides funding for graduating high school seniors pursuing careers in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, biomedical engineering and other disciplines at Texas colleges and universities.

In addition to funding, the Kocurek Scholarships also provides students with a number of resources including:

      • A robust tutoring program
      • Access to mental health counseling, legal and financial services, and wellness coaching
      • Access to healthcare professionals from the St. David’s HealthCare or St. David’s Foundation networks who serve as mentors, providing guidance and additional support to scholars throughout their education
      • Educational half-day conferences and luncheons
      • Scholar social events

The Kocurek Scholarships are supported by St. David’s Foundation Community Fund’s Toast of the Town, a series of fundraising events held in private homes and unique venues throughout Austin. This year, St. David’s Foundation Community Fund matched all Toast of the Town contributions two-to-one, tripling the amount of money awarded to the scholarship fund — a total of more than $1.5 million.

“Wanting to be a physician was always my dream. Now, due to sacrifice, generosity and hard work, I’ve accomplished that dream. St. David’s Foundation helped to put me through college, and was kind enough to extend its help through medical school. St. David’s made it possible, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

— Grant Pierre, M.D., 2008 Kocurek Scholar

Application Information

Scholarships are for Health Care Studies at Texas Universities and Colleges

Eligibility requirements for St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarships are:

  • Applicants must be a high school senior within Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop or Caldwell counties
  • Applicants are accepted at an accredited college or university in Texas to pursue a degree in a health care related discipline*
  • Psychology or social work applications accepted for students planning to work in a medical environment
  • Applicants must attend an accredited college or university in Texas as a full-time student (12+ units/semester)
  • Finalists must be able to attend an in-person interview
  • Applicants must be a United States Citizen or a legal non-citizen resident
  • Applicants must pass a background check. There can be no conviction for violating any federal or state laws for alcohol or drugs
  • Financial need is considered in the application process. Proof of family income is required.

*Students pursuing careers in health-related fields not pertaining to humans will not be considered

Due to IRS regulations, the children and grandchildren of employees of St. David’s HealthCare and St. David’s Foundation as well as the children and grandchildren of members of the Foundation Board and its committee are not eligible for our scholarships.

Thank you for your interest in applying for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship. The scholarship portal is now closed.

If you have any questions, please email Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.

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.

Neal Kocurek Scholarship