Both Brooke Brothers parents attended historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Now, the recent graduate of St. George’s Technical High School will follow in his footsteps this fall, thanks in part to a scholarship from ChristianaCare for students attending HBCUs who want to pursue a career in health care.
Brothers will attend Delaware State University in the fall, where she will major in nursing. She will spend her summers interning with ChristianaCare to gain valuable first-hand experience in patient care.
Congratulations to the inaugural Futures of Health Fellows:
Aniyah Barnett, Hampton University.
Brooke Brothers, Delaware State University.
Solomon Devard, Lincoln University.
Mychele Gibson, Howard University.
Aa’khai Hollis, Bowie State University.
Kianna Kelley, Delaware State University.
Delaney Leonard, Howard University.
Madison Perry, Jackson State University.
Tania Paden, Delaware State University.
Cierra Holmes, Delaware State University.
“I love children, caring for them and watching over them, and I would also love to take care of them medically,” said Brothers, who has an interest in pediatrics.
“The ChristianaCare scholarship and internship means I can gain more experience and further my career by expanding the specialties I can work in.”
Brothers was one of 10 Delaware high school graduates to receive scholarships and additional support from ChristianaCare as part of an inaugural program with the HBCU Week Foundation to strengthen and diversify the healthcare workforce. The students were honored June 6 at a luncheon at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana.
Through its Future of Health Scholarship Program, ChristianaCare provides support of $500,000 – $12,500 per year per student – plus a paid internship each summer while they are in college.
‘Open the door’ to diversify health care
“Partnering with the HBCU Week Foundation this year has been an exciting new venture for ChristianaCare, and we knew we had to be a part of it, given our commitment to the community and building our healthcare workforce of the future. – in and from the community,” said Bettina Tweardy Riveros, JD, director of health equity and senior vice president of government affairs and community engagement.
“It’s important to us to remove the barriers that prevent Delaware residents from pursuing higher education at historically black colleges and universities,” Riveros said.
“Being able to provide scholarships, internships and support to these students is another way we know we are opening the door to the diversity of the health profession.
According to Forbes magazine, with a national membership of about 300,000, HBCUs play a major role in graduating black students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.
“The HBCU Week Foundation is proud to partner with ChristianaCare to help support these future healthcare professionals by providing them with the academic and networking experiences needed to excel in their career choices,” said Ashley Christopher, Esq., Founder and CEO of HBCU Foundation of the Week.
“The medical field must reflect the communities it serves, and this partnership is one way to do that.”
Accompanying a commitment with an investment
The scholarships represent an ongoing ChristianaCare approach to improving health equity, community health, inclusivity and diversity.
In 2020, ChristianaCare publicly committed to being an anti-racism organization. For its efforts, ChristianaCare has been ranked the 2nd largest employer for diversity and inclusion in the healthcare industry and the 40th largest employer in the nation according to Forbes.
“If you want to know more about an organization, see where they invest their money. A $500,000 investment for Delaware residents who choose to go to HBCUs speaks volumes. The fact that it comes with summer internships for each year and the expectation of a job at the end shows that we are a committed organization,” said Pamela Ridgeway, MBA, MA, SPHR, Director of Diversity and Vice President of Talent for ChristianaCare. .
The “why” says it all
Even before graduating from high school with a 4.0 GPA, Tania Paden worked as a certified practical nurse at Exceptional Care for Children, a qualified nursing facility in Newark, Delaware. She dreams of becoming a nurse and hopes to achieve them at Delaware State University, where she will study nursing, said her mother, Ayisha Holmes.
“You hear about organizations offering scholarships, but you never hear about their ‘why’. Hearing that it was more than just a check means a lot. And having the network and the resources to support these kids means everything. It’s just wonderful to have this type of opportunity,” said Holmes.
Solomon Devard knew during his freshman year at MOT Charter High School that he wanted to attend an HBCU. He is heading to the University of Lincoln to major in information technology.
“Being around people who are like me might impact me more. I feel like being part of an HBCU is going to be really good for my future,” said Devard, who studied computer science. and biotechnology in high school.
His mother, Samtra, said she appreciates the extra care her youngest son will receive through the ChristianaCare scholarship.
“Salomon is going to go to school and play baseball, so his plate will be full. To know that he has the support – financially, academically and to develop his skills with the internship – is really, really amazing.