In professional healthcare spaces across the country, there’s a lack of diverse representation from people of underrepresented backgrounds. To combat the world’s toughest public health issues, we need all voices from all backgrounds to be represented in these professional spaces toward a common goal of health.
This problem in underrepresentation is also a quality of care issue as doctors are more likely to evaluate Black patients’ pain as less than that of white patients with the same symptoms. Numerous studies show that patients of color feel less safe with doctors than White patients, and also see improved health outcomes when they see Black doctors.
Medical professionals dedicate their lives to public service and providing for local communities through their practice, but many prospective professionals in medicine don’t have the opportunity to graduate with a degree debt-free, especially those from underserved communities.
To support the dreams of prospective underrepresented medical professionals and to bolster public health, the Melaninwhitecoats Podcast Annual Scholarship exists. This scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate juniors and seniors, and students currently in graduate school who intend to have a career as an MD, DO, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy career. The winner will receive a mentor in his or her field of interest.
1. Why have you chosen your specific professional healthcare field of interest?
2. How will you commit yourself to diversity within your respective choice of profession?
3. What are your financial needs, and how will you use this scholarship to support your future endeavors?
4. What goals do you aspire to accomplish within the next 10 years?
The application deadline is Jun 26, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jul 25, 2022.
The scholarship award is $1,425. It will be awarded to 1 winner every year.
The winner will be publicly announced on Jul 25, 2022. 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.
We will send the award check to the financial aid office of the winner’s academic institution or future academic institution in their name, and in the name of their institution (depending on the school’s requirements). If the student's academic institution does not have a financial aid office, the student will receive the funding directly.
Before we award the scholarship, the winner will be required to verify their academic enrollment status by providing a copy of their most recent transcript.
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.