LOS ANGELES - A pair of students from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science received scholarships from the National Hispanic Health Foundation.
Cicili Mislang, a graduate student in the Urban Public Health program, and Manuel D. Campa, in the College of Medicine, were chosen for the Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program. They were among 15 students from California honored at the organization’s fourth-annual California Gala 2011.
The foundation describes the awards as the only national scholarship recognizing students from medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health and policy that serve the Hispanic community. Both students said they were “grateful” to receive the awards that will help them pursue their career dreams.
“God has truly blessed me as a recipient of the foundation’s scholarship,” said Ms. Mislang, who received a $2,000 award. “It is through those that serve on the board of the foundation, family and friends that continue to support my dreams to further my educational pursuits towards diminishing health disparities within communities of color.
“Since there is such a burden within "minority" health, I know without a shadow of a doubt that funding education for underrepresented peoples will help not only in shifting the dynamics of who we now see with doctoral degrees but what we see as our health care state. I am grateful to receive this award because I will continue learning and researching what methods work within the public health framework.”
Mr. Campa, who was granted $5,000, also expressed a heartfelt message. “I would like to graciously thank the National Hispanic Health Foundation and the National Hispanic Medical Association for recognizing and supporting students and physician leaders in the Latino Community. Receiving this scholarship not only provides financial support during this era of increasing tuition expenses, but also provides motivation for me to continue striving to make a difference in my community.”
He added: “I would also like to express my gratitude to Dr. David Carlisle, the president, Dr. Daphne Calmes, associate dean, College of Medicine, and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science family for their unwavering commitment to student achievement and support for student endeavors to transform our underserved communities.”
The National Hispanic Medical Association, located in Washington, D.C., and its charitable arm, the National Hispanic Health Foundation, based in New York City, created the scholarships to help students become future leaders in health care. The association represents more than 45,000 licensed U.S. physicians.
By helping the health professions become more diverse, the organization said the quality of health care will improve, particularly in the Hispanic community.