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Ray Charles Foundation backs Cedars-Sinai neurosurgery scholarships

Ray Charles Foundation backs Cedars-Sinai neurosurgery scholarships.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced a $1 million grant from the Ray Charles Foundation in support of its neurosurgery scholarship program.

The grant will expand funding for the Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery—established in 2019 with a $1 million gift from the foundation—which provides scholarships and mentoring to MD or PhD students who are graduates of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In addition, the program provides professional exposure and opportunities that students may not otherwise have access to in other environments. The fund promotes diverse representation in the neurosciences and more broadly in Cedars-Sinai’s commitment to diversity and inclusion across all medical specialties.

Ray Charles made his first gift to Cedars-Sinai in 2004 in appreciation for the care he received at the hospital. He died later that year at the age of 83.

“What the scholars program aims to do, as a shared mission between Cedars-Sinai and the Ray Charles Foundation, is build the students’ scientific acuity as they establish their medical careers,” said Keith Black, Cedars-Sinai department of neurosurgery chair. “The students chosen for this program are destined for greatness in the world of medicine.”

(Photo credit: National Archives and Records Administration/Reagan White House Collection)

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