After Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, she almost died from a pulmonary embolism.
Since she had a history of blood clots, she knew immediately what was wrong, but her doctors didn’t believe her at first.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time and a global inspiration, but in the healthcare system, her experience was far from unique.
Today, in 2020, doctors are more likely to evaluate Black patients’ pain as less than that of white patients with the same symptoms.
A stunning 40% of first- and second-year medical students believe myths of biological differences between Black patients and White patients, leading to chronic undertreatment of pain in Black patients.
Healthcare inequity in the Black community is a systemic problem, one that also manifests itself as a representation issue. Despite African-Americans making up 13.4% of the nation’s population, just 5% of physicians are Black.
Numerous studies show that patients of color both feel less safe with doctors than White patients, and also see improved health outcomes when they see Black doctors.
Addressing this problem will take dedication and collaboration across government, the public health sector, the education sector, and more. We need more Black people in public health (whether as physicians, policy-makers, or otherwise) who are passionate about meeting the needs of their communities and driving change.
As one small part of this, the Black Students in Public Health Grant will be awarded to a Black undergraduate or graduate student pursuing public health.
Students are not required to be public health majors to apply. Candidates who intend to pursue a career across any area of public health are eligible. The winner will be chosen on the basis of their drive, and on the impact that additional support would have for them.
Thank you to Madison Ambroise and Nadia La Mar, who are both recent Bold.org scholarship winners and amazing Black students pursuing careers in public health. Madison and Nadia both inspired this grant and guided its direction through their invaluable feedback.
Please tell us a bit about yourself, why you’re pursuing public health, and what you plan to achieve with the help of your education.
The application deadline is Nov 1, 2020. Winners will be announced on Nov 5, 2020.
Award amounts per winner are designated by the donor. Check the award amount for a detailed breakdown.
The winner will be publicly announced on Nov 5, 2020. Prior to the announcement date, we may contact finalists with additional questions about their application. We will work with donors to review all applications according to the scholarship criteria. Winners will be chosen based on the merit of their application.
Award checks will be sent to the financial aid office of the winner's academic institution in their name to be applied to their tuition, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school's requirements). If the award is for a qualified educational non-tuition expense, we will work with the winner directly to distribute the award and make sure it goes towards qualified expenses.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to confirm their academic enrollment status. Depending on the circumstances, verification of Student ID and/or their most recent transcript will be required.
If you have any questions about this scholarship or the Bold.org platform, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes. The terms and conditions for this scholarship can be found here.