THCF, Novartis US Foundation $20M partnerships helps HBCU students, faculty

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WASHINGTON (BRPROUD) – Students attending Historically Black Colleges, Universities and Medical Schools are eligible to receive funds for grants, mentorships and scholarships with help of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and the Novartis US Foundation collaboration.

The funds will address the root cause of disparities and also help students and faculties have access to high quality education, and professional development in the health sciences, technology, and business-related fields, according to TMCF.

Students can apply for the opportunity here.

The collaboration is ready to train and prepare applicants in these areas:

  • Scholarships: Three-year scholarships of $10,000 a year for up to 360 students over 10 years at 27 Historically Black Colleges, Universities and Medical Schools
  • Mentorships: Up to 1,200 students over 10 years will be paired with Novartis employees, each for a period of three years, to foster networking and development interactions with the opportunity to build a longstanding relationship with an industry professional. Mentors will also help students navigate their academic studies, determine professional goals and growth opportunities, and share personal and professional experiences as a source of guidance to students.

Students must be enrolled as a sophomore in one the selected HBCU’s and show that they are interested in a STEM subject, public health, nursing, health-focused, social work, business or technology fields.

The Novartis US Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund have initiated a competitive faculty research grant program offering 90 grants over nine years of $25,000 each to HBCU faculty for research substantiating key drivers of health disparities for African Americans in their lived experience and informing areas for change.

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