2023 School of Nursing Alumni Awards

Alysa Meza, BSN, RN

2023 Student Leadership Award Recipient

This award recognizes a student(s) that has demonstrated leadership and contributed significantly to the School of Nursing during the academic year.

About Alysa Meza

Alysa Meza was born and raised in Angleton, Texas, where she currently resides with her husband and two young daughters. At age 19, she moved to Oceanside, California where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Health Science from MiraCosta College and became a certified Yoga Instructor. Soon after getting married and having their children, she and her family decided to move back to her hometown so she could pursue her dreams of becoming a registered nurse. After returning to Texas, Meza enrolled at Brazosport College to finalize the prerequisite requirements needed for the traditional Bachelor of Science (BSN) Program at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

During her time at UTMB School of Nursing, she was elected as co-leader of the BAMBI Advocacy Student Scholars (BASS) Program, and course representative for The Child and Family. Meza was also an active member of Student Ambassadors and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Having access to these extracurricular opportunities gave her confidence as a new nurse, along with a unique insight into the nursing profession. Upon graduation, Meza was inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Meza has had outstanding mentorship throughout her time as a student at UTMB and would like to thank Dr. Jacquelyn Svoboda, Dr. Latia Hickerson, Dr. Tina Mathers, Dr. Meredith Ford, Professor Christen Saddler, and Lauren Homan.

Additionally, Meza is grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of multiple scholarships, such as the Hallie Ann Hill Scholarship in the School of Nursing, the Edgar and Grace Gnitzinger Scholarship Fund for Geriatric Nursing, and the Auxiliary of Angleton Danbury Endowed Scholarship.

Meza is currently working as a labor and delivery nurse at UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital, and her future plans include returning to UTMB School of Nursing to pursue a Master’s Degree to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

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