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Minority Scholarships and Educational Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Kim Martino Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Kim Martino, a beloved PT student from the class of 2003. The objective of the scholarship is to help recruit incoming, full-time, under-represented minority students.

Two annual awards of $2500 each (summer and fall semesters) are given. Faculty for each program may nominate an eligible incoming student. Recipients are chosen by the CHP Scholarship Committee based on prior academic performance and demonstrated leadership and/or community service.

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) with financial need. Eligible students in the College of Health Professions are notified of the application process and qualifications to be considered. In 2012, the College of Health Professions was allotted $10,000 and recipients were chosen based upon an essay. We awarded two (2) $5,000 scholarships to the top winning essays.

Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards and Scholarship

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

Martin Luther King Jr.
Student Essay Contest winners

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

Pre-Baccalaureate Programs

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (SC AHEC) Summer Careers Academy

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

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

Ernest E. Just Symposium

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


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