Minority Scholarships and Educational Opportunities
The Brown Family Book Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2015 by a College of Health Profession’s student in memory of two of her beloved grandparents, Mr. Raymond “Hobo” Blessitt and Mrs. Wesonia F.R. J. Walker. The Brown Family wanted to provide support to one male and one female African American/Black student each semester with a $200 Book Award. Students must have completed at least one semester in CHP and are also asked to submit a personal statement that describes overcoming an obstacle (s) and how that may have prepared them for their future. Eligible students will be notified each semester when the application process opens.
- One African American/Black female student enrolled in any academic program who has financial need and at least a 3.5 GPA
- One African American/Black male student enrolled in any academic program who has financial need and at least a 3.5 GPA. Preference given to a Veteran and/or National Guardsman.
Graduate Incentive Scholarship
Based on availability, the MUSC Office of Diversity may be allotted monies from the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) to be awarded to underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian) who are currently enrolled full-time in a Master’s or Doctoral program with at least one additional semester to complete and have financial need. Eligible students in the College of Health Professions are notified of the application process and qualifications to be considered. In 2015, the College of Health Professions was allotted $15,000 and recipients were chosen based upon an essay. We awarded two (3) $5,000 scholarships to the top winning essays.
|2015 Earl B. Higgings Scholarship recipients|
Each year, the MUSC’s Office of Student Diversity seeks nominations from students, faculty, and staff to honor a student within each MUSC College who acknowledges persistence and dedication to positive contributions to diversity enhancement on the campus, either in the colleges, or within the University. Each spring a reception is held to honor the student recipients. Scholarship monies may be awarded to one nominated student selected by each College. MORE
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Essay Contest
The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr.
The MUSC Office of Student Diversity encourages all students to enter this annual essay contest. A quote from Dr. Martin Luther King is given and students are challenged to express how it relates to them in their life and their future profession. Monetary Awards are granted to the winning essay, second and third place winners. MORE
The SC AHEC Summer Careers Academy is presented by the SC AHEC in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing, Dental Medicine, Medicine, Health Professions, MUSC Library, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, and the Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness. The Academy is a one-week summer program designed to help minority and disadvantaged students prepare for entry into nursing, dental, medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, and occupational therapy education training programs within South Carolina. All applicants must be a South Carolina resident or enrolled in a South Carolina school, college or university and meet other eligibility requirements.
Academy Fellows will take part in a week of clinical and didactic sessions on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. Classroom lectures and project topics will focus on several health disparities prevalent among South Carolinians. Housing and meals are provided and fellows will receive a stipend of $200 with the successful completion of the Academy. More information may be found by visiting the SC AHEC web site at www.scahec.net.
Summer Youth Employment Program
Funded by The Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA), this program offers a 6-week summer employment opportunity at MUSC to high school and undergraduate students. Criteria are based on “student/family economic need”. Students are placed in meaningful employment positions throughout the University. The program is intended to provide financial support and positive employment opportunities for all participants. Applications must be received no later than March 31 annually. More information can be found at this link.
|College of Health Professions researcher Dr. Aaron Embry presenting at the Ernest E. Just Symposium|
Dr. Just, an outstanding African American biologist of the twentieth century, was committed to excellence in his pursuit of higher education and in expanding the frontiers of scientific research. Because he was born in Charleston, SC, his legacy has a special consideration for the Medical University of South Carolina, which continues the extraordinary legacy of Dr. Just in the promotion of scientific research. The Ernest E. Just Symposium is held every year during Black Heritage month in February. This event allows us to celebrate the remarkable life and scientific accomplishments of Dr. Just, and to attract students by illustrating the growing opportunities in research and careers in the health professions. Many four year colleges within SC, NC, and GA have students attend this annual event. MORE