Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF) that will create more scholarship opportunities for students at Black College Expo events, as well as offer “priority admission” to NCRF students into undergraduate programs at CDU.

Additionally, CDU will offer one $18,000 scholarship to a student who is instantly admitted to CDU during each 2019-20 NCRF Expo events, and NCRF will host an expo event at CDU on January 28, 2020.

NCRF is an educational enhancement agency that helps students from under-resourced communities prepare, enroll and graduate from degree and/or certificate programs. CDU President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle, highlighted the importance of the relationship.

“CDU is an institution that has always sought to open new pathways to college for students from under-resourced communities,” said Carlisle. “The National College Resources Foundation has worked for over 20 years to address the excessive high school dropout and below-average college attendance rate among underserved and underrepresented students. So, this is a wonderful partnership for us both.”

CDU is a private, non-profit student centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.

Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated, since its inception, more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants and over a thousand other health professionals, as well as trained over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1000 nursing professionals, including over 600 family nurse practitioners. CDU is a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic and HIV/AIDS.

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