MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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Among the faces of UTHealth, our students stand out. They are the reason for so much of what we do. We are grateful that through your tremendous support, they will have the resources to reach their fullest potential and help solve the greatest health challenges of our time. - Kevin J. Foyle, Vice President for Development and Public Affairs, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


The Andrew Sowell/Wade Huggins Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 by Joann Sowell and Marcia Huggins Jahncke in appreciation for the successful treatment of their sons at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and in recognition that the hope of defeating cancer lies in those dedicated to research. The scholars, chosen from outstanding students at the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), are engaged in research at UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 1996, Joann and Marcia formed Cancer Answers to be the fundraising arm of the endowment.

The first Andrew Sowell/Wade Huggins Cancer Answers scholarships were awarded in 1992. The recipients are chosen by GSBS faculty for their contributions to research in cancer biology. In 2001, the first Sowell/Huggins Professorship and Graduate Fellowship award was presented. This full stipend is a one- to three-year award given to a professor
and student team who combine experience, innovation and excellence in their laboratory.

In 1999, The Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation, created to recognize the beloved media personality and community leader, chose Cancer Answers as a beneficiary of its philanthropy. In 2000, a significant gift was given which lead to the establishment of the Sylvan Rodriguez/Cancer Answers Scholarship to honor Sylvan who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in April of that year. This award takes into consideration community service as well as academic excellence.

Over 100 Cancer Answers Scholarships have been awarded providing much needed support to the students and faculty at GSBS. The Cancer Answers team will maintain undeterred focus and drive along with the school and the next generation of scientists who are committed to finding Cancer Answers.

Wade Huggins and Andy Sowell Family