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Minority Scholarships and Educational Opportunities

Current Opportunities

Kim Martino Scholarship

The Kim Martino Minority Scholarship Fund was established by the Association of Black Health Professionals, now known as the Student Diversity Leadership Council, to honor the memory of Kim O’Bryant Martino, a beloved College of Health Professions Physical Therapy student from the May 2003 Class. This loving tribute captures the vital spirit of a young woman who inspired all those around her in roles as mother, student, friend and confidant. Her life of generosity and dedication to her church, community, and profession is fondly remembered today. MORE

Graduate Incentive Scholarship

Based on availability, the MUSC Office of Diversity may be allotted monies to be awarded to underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian) who are currently enrolled full-time in a 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.

Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Awards and Scholarship

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.
Student Essay Contest winner, Georgina Dukes, MHA Class of 2015 presented her certificate by Dr. Willette Burnham

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

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

Additional Resources

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To learn more about supporting these opportunities for minority students, please visit our giving page HERE.


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