As the oldest medical school in the South, with a combined total of 3,700 students and residents and nearly 13,000 employees, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has a positive impact on the city of Charleston. Now, two new scholarships — funded by alumni — will help further the university’s engagement with and commitment to local underrepresented communities.
Earlier this year, Maurice Lee — who graduated from MUSC College of Pharmacy in 2004 and went on to become the first African American male pharmacist in Eutawville, S.C. — established the Dr. M. A. Lee ’04 Endowed Diversity Scholarship. This award will benefit a deserving underrepresented minority student as he or she begins the pursuit of a career in pharmacy. Lee has pledged $25,000, which MUSC will match to create a fully endowed $50,000 scholarship.
Howard Brooks, a Lumbee Indian from Pembroke, N.C., graduated from MUSC College of Pharmacy in 1966 and became Pembroke’s first pharmacist; he went on to establish Pembroke Drug Center, now known as Healthkeeperz, which provides in-home medical equipment and health services. This year, Brooks created The Howard Brooks ’66 Endowed Scholarship with a $50,000 gift to the university. Awarded annually, the scholarship will cover partial tuition at MUSC College of Pharmacy for a Native American student who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
“Dr. Lee and Mr. Brooks come from very different backgrounds, but they share our desire to promote and embrace diversity and inclusion in the student body and pharmacy profession,” Dean of MUSC College of Pharmacy Philip Hall said in a press release. “These scholarships will be important assets to help us continue to move that forward.”