The Morehouse School of Medicine is offering students $ 6,300 for vacation

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Students at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta receive a special gift from the administrators: $ 6,300.

The school, with over 750 enrolled students, is one of the few historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with medical schools in the United States. The money, which comes from the Federal Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act of March 2020 (CARES Act), was intended to help U.S. businesses and colleges weather the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr Valérie Montgomery Rice

“I am pleased to announce that the Morehouse School of Medicine will be providing a financial donation of $ 6,300 to assist each of our currently enrolled and degree-seeking students with additional costs of academic, financial and mental health support such as child care, food, transportation, shelter and health care needs, ”said an email from school president Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, according to WSB-TV 2 Atlanta .

True to the spirit of holiday giving, the Morehouse School of Medicine decided that the best way to use the relief money was to return it to deserving students.

Amid the pandemic, students and healthcare professionals have been under financial and mental strain, juggling financial challenges, new lifestyles, childcare and burnout.

The Morehouse School of Medicine gift to its students arrives just in time for students to travel, visit family, and enjoy a little extra this holiday season. Meharry Medical School in Nashville, TN recently announced that it will give its 956 students $ 10,000 each, also funded by the CARES Act.

“This financial assistance is urgently needed,” said Carrie Warrick, director of policy and advocacy at the Nation College Attainment Network for US News. “There could be students whose parents may have lost their jobs recently as we watch the ups and downs in unemployment rates. They could be facing new medical expenses as we have seen cases increase in the world. over the winter… It is important to keep in mind that student experiences are not necessarily static as we move through the pandemic. ”

Georgia Senators Jon Ossoff (R) and Raphael Warnock (D) also secured more than $ 175 million in funding for the HBCUs in August 2021.

“As a graduate of HBCU, I am grateful to see additional funds flowing to HBCUs in Georgia to help them continue to open doors of possibility and opportunity for the bright minds of the next generation,” said Warnock in a press release.

The Morehouse School of Medicine hopes to return the money to students this week.

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