Tik Tok Offers $10 Million To Ten Schools To Enhance Minority Well being Care Staff

Tik Tok is giving $ 10 million to 10 colleges to educate more minority health professionals. … [+] (Photo by Aytac Unal / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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TikTok, the video social media platform, announced last week that it was donating $ 10 million to ten academic institutions that serve underrepresented students participating in public health and health professions programs.

According to the company’s announcement, each school will receive $ 1 million for providing scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing medical careers or other health-related fields.

The focus has been on schools that enroll and graduate significant numbers of Black, Latin American, and Native American students to address the shortage of minority health workers. This problem has been tragically highlighted by the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on communities.

The ten recipients were:

  • Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tougaloo College
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • South Carolina State University
  • Laredo College
  • University of South Dakota,
  • Florida A&M,
  • Delaware State University and
  • Virginia Union University

The $ 10 million donation is just Tik Tok’s latest gift to help fight the pandemic. In April, it announced it pledged $ 250 million to support health professionals, educators, and local frontline communities affected by the global health crisis.

That pledge included $ 150 million for a Health Heroes Relief Fund that provided medical, health care and assistance to health workers in the United States and several other hard-hit countries.

Commenting on the gift, Tony Allen, President of Delaware State University, said: “We are grateful to TikTok for recognizing the power of everyday health heroes such as the ones we are developing on our campus in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic The Allied Health Department Chaired by Dr. Robert C. Mason and the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michelle Fisher RN led a small army of volunteers and students who came out each test day – rain or shine – to run the 35,000 tests required for retention We are all safe. Dozens of them have been on duty every day and these are our heroes. ”

The gift is another example of college philanthropy’s strong focus this year on supporting institutions whose mission is focused on educating traditionally underserved minority, low-income students.

Ricardo Solis, president of Laredo College, a community college in Texas, said, “We are honored to have been selected for this generous gift. This partnership will help hundreds of students pursue their educational goals in the health sciences and have an immediate, extraordinary impact on our community as we continue to innovate and lead the nation in education. This generous gift is critical to the healthcare, science and technology innovation and advancement needed to respond to the global challenges of the pandemic. TikTok has selected Laredo College as the only recipient among community colleges across the country. I believe this is due to our leadership, innovation and excellence. ”

Tik Tok had an eventful year. Citing national security threats, President Trump signed an ordinance back this summer to prevent the app from being downloaded in app stores and to ban transactions between Americans and TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance. However, these efforts have been blocked by federal judges who viewed Trump’s proposed ban as “arbitrary and capricious”. Despite appeals against these decisions, legal commentators seem skeptical that Trump’s ban will be upheld.

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