Universal Music Group Offers Scholarships to Black HBCU Students Attending Medical School


September 22, 2023

Universal Music Group is making it possible for Black students to go to medical school.

UMG recently launched an HBCU scholarship program for aspiring doctors through its Task Force for Meaningful Change (TFMC). The initiative focuses on building pipeline opportunities for the medical schools at Howard University College of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Sciences.

“Our efforts to direct our philanthropic efforts in a way that combats racial disparities in public health is directly informed by the insights of experts like Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Jones,” said Dr. Menna Demessie, SVP, UMG and Executive Director of UMG’s TFMC in a press release. “Their invaluable knowledge helps ensure our measurable impact and mission are realized. Our TFMC members really understand our mission and they understand the power of music — as well as our collective ability – to leverage our position as industry leaders to make positive social change.”


Dean of Charles Drew College of Medicine, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D. said, “The entire team at CDU is thrilled to be part of this initiative, which not only supports the education and career aspirations of deserving medical students but also aligns perfectly with our mission to provide education, research, and clinical service in the context of community engagement. “

“Through these scholarships and the widening of the pipeline for Black and Brown physicians, we are taking significant strides towards achieving equitable and culturally competent healthcare for all,” added Prothrow-Stith.

The initiative will provide scholarships to over 50 students across the four medical campuses receiving support this year.

Photo by Maksim Shmeljov / Shutterstock

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