Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has placed another generous donation to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
According to a press release, HBCU Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) will receive $20 million thanks to MacKenzie Scott’s contribution. The donation marks the largest yet for the HBCU.
“The mission of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is noble, and it takes noble people like MacKenzie Scott to help bring it to fruition,” stated, Benjamin Quillian, Ph.D., Chair of CDU’s Board of Trustees, according to a press release. “This kind act will have a ripple effect that starts with our students and ends with improved health outcomes in under-resourced neighborhoods.”
How CDU Will Use The Funding
Founded in 1966, CDU is one of four Black medical schools in the United States. CDU provides undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs to 1,000 active students planning to begin or advance within the employment pipeline. In addition to supporting its students, the medical school has committed to advocating for health disparities by adopting a translational research approach, according to a press release. With the new funding, the school will funnel additional resources to support research, education, and more for the CDU community.
“CDU has been on a tireless pursuit to cultivate diverse health professional leaders dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations,” noted Dr. David M. Carlisle, CEO and President of CDU, according to a press release. “This investment will advance that goal by providing resources to support and enhance our outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. We are truly grateful for MacKenzie Scott’s generosity and dedication to important issues around social justice.”
MacKenzie Scott's Contribution Is One Of Many
MacKenzie Scott’s efforts are just one of many. As AfroTech previously reported in 2020, the philanthropist committed $1.7 billion to several HBCU and over $4 billion to 384 diverse organizations.