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BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation awards 10-year grant to assist minority students

Greenville Journal Jeannie Putnam

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville announced April 14 it received a 10-year grant to fund a scholarship to support minority students pursuing medical education from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation and business resource group, the Levi S. Kirkland Sr., MD Society.

The scholarship was named after the late Dr. Levi S. Kirkland Sr., who was the first African American surgeon to practice in the Greenville Health System, now known as Prisma Health, in 1961.

“We are thrilled at the opportunities that this grant will provide for our students,” said Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, UofSC School of Medicine Greenville dean and Prisma Health−Upstate chief academic officer. “This generous grant from the Foundation is an important investment in our students and a testament to the excellent medical education we provide to future physicians for the Upstate and across South Carolina.”

Each Levi S. Kirkland Sr., MD scholarship recipient will receive full tuition at $45,000 per year throughout their four years in medical school. The program is expected to support 21 students throughout their four years. Students who receive scholarships agree to practice medicine in the state for four years upon graduation.

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