New York, NY (PRWEB) June 16, 2016
Today American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine announced a new scholarship program in cooperation with the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus to help create a more diverse physician workforce in New York.
The AUA New York Minority Physician award will provide undergraduate Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian students from New York State with a grant of $50,000. Eligible students will also be required to submit a letter of recommendation from a member of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.
Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn) said: “Unfortunately, pursuing the dream of becoming a medical doctor is often unaffordable for poor and working class minority students. Scholarship opportunities often provide an access point and open the door to these families. American University of Antigua's New York Minority Physician award is welcome, especially at a time when we are putting a lot of effort in and emphasis on increasing diversity in certain sectors of our workforce. On behalf of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, I express our enthusiastic support of this initiative and we are pleased to join every effort to promote it and ensure its success.”
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) said: “I understand first-hand how educational grants provide opportunities that otherwise wouldn't be available for some students, especially within minority and low income communities. As Chair of New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican Hispanic Taskforce, and as a product of a once in a lifetime educational grant opportunity, I am fully committed to ensuring that students from all walks of life have access to the same quality education, particularly within the medical field. Alleviating the cost creates a more secure pathway to a career in the medical field, which is in itself a significant contribution to the national interest of our country and its citizens. As an elected representative of the 85th Assembly District in the Bronx, I understand how the shortage of medical professionals impacts the residents of my district and the larger community. I commend and fully support the efforts put forward by American University of Antigua College of Medicine."
AUA President Neal Simon said: “The benefits of a diverse physician workforce have been well documented. The AUA New York Minority Physician award will help minority students in New York pursue their dream of practicing medicine. New York State continues to suffer from a physician shortage, especially in minority communities and AUA has always been committed to helping create a diverse physician workforce.”
Founded in 2004, AUA is an innovative medical school dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism. AUA also provides students who would be otherwise unable to receive a medical education with the tools to become successful physicians. AUA was founded with the commitment to support underserved communities and address the impending physician shortage with an emphasis on primary care.