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GRAAHI awards scholarships to Healthcare Students for Black History Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) has announced the awarding of scholarships to nine Black students pursuing healthcare careers.

It is part of Black History Month.

The scholarships are funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and are part of the organization's Pathways to Healthcare Careers program. The scholarship program is named in honor of Dr. Khan Nedd, one of GRAAHI's founding board members for his relentless dedication and contributions to GRAAHI and the health and well-being of the Black community.  

Pathways to Healthcare Careers, in collaboration with educational and medical institutions, serves as a comprehensive program for underserved students to enter and excel in healthcare professions.

Here is more information extracted from the GRAAHI news release:

Recognizing the financial barriers many students face, the scholarships add additional support, allowing them to focus on their studies and successfully navigate their chosen paths. Dr. Nedd emphasizes GRAAHI's commitment: "We are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of Black healthcare professionals. These scholarships, combined with the Pathways program, address disparities in the healthcare workforce by empowering talented students and ensuring they have the resources to achieve their dreams of serving their communities."

The nine scholarship recipients, selected for their academic achievements, community service dedication, and unwavering pursuit of healthcare careers, are:

● Constance Phillips: Ferris State University, dental hygiene student.

● Darron Trevino: Ferris State University, nursing student.

● Tyona Brown: Ferris State University, dental hygiene student.

● LaDonna Lewis: Davenport University, nursing student.

● Kierra Washington: Grand Valley State University, exercise science student.

● Sherie West: Davenport University, nursing student.

● Zhaniya Robinson: Michigan State University, nursing student.

● Todja Sanders: Ferris State University, healthcare career path.

● Betty Millien: Davenport University, healthcare career path.

● Samantha Harris, Davenport University, nursing student

Constance Phillips, a scholarship recipient, expresses her gratitude: "I am so grateful to

be a part of the Pathways program and to receive the Dr. Khan Nedd Scholarship. It

helps support my education so that I can focus on my studies and confidently pursue

my goal of becoming a dental hygienist and serving my community."

“We are very proud of these students and excited about the service and contributions they will make to their communities,” added Vanessa Greene, CEO, GRAAHI. 

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The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute is a leading national organization devoted to achieving healthcare parity for African Americans. Driven by research and committed to education and advocacy, GRAAHI aims to eradicate health disparities for African Americans by influencing health policy and practice through community engagement, advocacy, research, and education.  

Learn more about Pathways to Healthcare Careers at: https://graahi.com/education/

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