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FAMU receives $1 million from TikTok to fund medical, health care scholarships

Posted at 1:04 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 18:51:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University is one of 10 schools benefiting from a $10 million TikTok fund that aims to provide scholarships to Black, Latinx and Indigenous students pursuing medical and health care careers.

The TikTok Future Health Heroes Fund selected 10 universities to each receive $1 million to help ensure students from underrepresented communities have access to more educational opportunities.

Undergraduate and graduate students studying medicine, allied health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and public health are all eligible, the university said in a press release.

“Our graduates have been on the frontlines for generations,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson. “This donation enables us to educate and train the reinforcements America needs from HBCUs to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic along with health and health care disparities in general.”

According to TikTok, the $1 million is an investment in the future of the next generation of health heroes, who will reflect the diverse patchwork of American health care workers.

Other institutions receiving Future Health Heroes Fund donations are: Delaware State University, Laredo College, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, University of South Dakota, Tougaloo College, Virginia Union University and the Xavier University of Louisiana.