Ask a student attending college about the cost of higher education and they will likely attest to the mounting debt and financial burden that comes along with attending a university.
But for some students attending Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the financial weight is about to get a lot lighter thanks to a $1 million donation from Joe Adams, Ray Charles’ former manager and his wife Emma. The donation is equivalent to 100- $10,000 scholarships – the largest one-time individual gift in the school’s history.
Charles R. Drew President David Carlisle says he is grateful for the gift and recognizes the positive effect the scholarships will have on the students.
“The more scholarships we can give out, the less their educational debt and the less dependent they are for borrowing money on their education,” he said. “Thousands of lives will be impacted by this contribution- including students, patients, and members of the community that we serve.”
Angela Minniefield, Vice President of Strategic Advancement at the university agreed.
“This is a tremendous investment in our students,” she said, noting that approximately 78 percent of Charles Drew students qualify for financial aid. “These funds will help to retain our excellent students that experience financial obstacles and help them maintain their commitment to serving the underserved.”
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents the area where the university is located, said the gift will help scores of Charles Drew students contribute to the future Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus. The campus, which will house a new hospital and comprehensive health center, will bring health and wellness to a community that has gone on too long without a large health service provider.
“The scholarships will help countless students achieve their dreams of becoming doctors, nurses and experts in the medical community,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “That’s something to celebrate.”
Read the Los Angeles Times story about the $1- million donation here…