New Scholarships Created to Help Provide Motivation, Financial Relief to Students
Dr. M. Alfred Haynes
Edward R. Roybal
Shaunda K. Grisby
LOS ANGELES - Providing students with more incentives for academic excellence and financial relief, a pair of endowed scholarships has been established at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the university announced.
David G. Satcher, the former U.S. Surgeon General who spoke earlier this month at the university's graduation ceremony, said during his speech that he was leading an effort to establish a scholarship fund with an initial phase over the first year targeted at $100,000. The support has vastly exceeded expectations with over $80,000 collected in the first month.
Several longstanding Latino leaders at Charles Drew University developed with university leadership a scholarship for Latino students. Named the Edward R. Roybal Scholarship in honor of the former congressman, the scholarship fund was initiated with a lead gift of $68,000.
A portion of both funds will be presented annually as a scholarship.
“There is a major need for Latino and bilingual English and Spanish speaking health professionals, especially doctors and nurses,” Keith C. Norris, the interim president of Charles Drew University, said of the Roybal scholarship.
Roybal, the late congressman who was first elected in 1962, was the first Chicano from California to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. He held the position for more than three decades and helped usher other Chicanos into political office at the local, state and national level.
“This scholarship fund will offer much needed financial assistance to students interested in the medical health field,” said Jose J. Gonzalez, a spokesman for the roundtable group.
“Thanks to the generosity of the University’s senior administration,” Gonzalez added, “we will be able to assist students who might not have even considered attending a medical school for financial reasons.”
The fund that Dr. Satcher helped establish was expected to reach its initial goal of $100,000 through additional fundraising. The scholarship honors as its namesake, M. Alfred Haynes, who was a pioneer in addressing racial disparities and the first black faculty member at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is president emeritus at Charles Drew University.
Dr. Haynes served as a mentor to Dr. Satcher, who arrived in the early 1970s at what was then known as Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School. By 1977, Dr. Satcher was named interim dean.
During the graduating ceremony, a senior from the College of Medicine, Shaunda K. Grisby, was chosen to receive the $5,000 award this year. Having completed medical school, she will begin her postgraduate training at Easton Hospital in Pennsylvania.
“This award will provide much needed financial help for our students, while reminding them of our pioneers, whose dedication and sacrifices set the foundation for this academic institution,” Dr. Norris said.