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Fund helps minorities become doctors

Published 9:28pm Monday, October 21, 2013

A dinner at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Thursday will raise money to help minority students who wish to become physicians.

The L.D. Britt, MD Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to high-performing minority students to attend medical school.

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L.D. Britt is the Brickhouse Professor and Chairman at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Department of Surgery.

With money raised from supporters, and through events like Thursday’s dinner, by the L.D. Britt, MD Scholarship Committee, the fund operates as a self-sustaining, endowed scholarship.

“It has always been our goal to have the scholarship be able to be given out in perpetuity,” Britt stated in a news release.

“I’m thrilled that the Hampton Roads community has supported this goal.”

A scholarship is awarded to one minority in each year of the four-year medical program, with the amount of support based on the fund’s principal balance.

“At this point, each scholarship is expected to be $10,000,” the release states. “The L.D. Britt, MD Scholarship Fund has become a permanent source of support for promising minority medical students thanks to contributions from the community.”

Racial and ethnic minorities will make up half the U.S. population by 2025, but they comprise only 6 percent of practicing physicians today, the release states.

“Studies show that the greater diversity in medical education results in more physicians practicing in underserved communities, more culturally competent care and better patient-doctor communication,” the release states.

The 18th annual event at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel, 235 E. Main St., starts at 7 p.m. This year’s guest speaker is Judge John Charles Thomas, who in 1983 became the first African-American and the youngest individual of any race appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

He received the NAACP’s Lifetime Image Award in 1995, and these days practices law in Richmond with the Hunton & Williams LLP law firm.

Register online for the charity dinner at www.ldbrittmdscholarshipfund.org.

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  • Lovebug

    I’m sorry but I feel things like this are so very racial and should NOT be allowed. There are kids of all colors in this country that would LOVE to be able to go to school to be a Dr. but can’t afford it. When are the adults preaching against racism going to stop their own racist ways? Time to look in the mirror folks blacks are NOT the only people who need assistance in this country.

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    • Savannah

      Agree 1000000%, Lovebug.

      Sadly, reverse racism is very much alive and kickin’.

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      • Lovebug

        OMG yes and it drives me NUTS! It simply blows my mind that in this day and age we continue to have organizations such as this one who openly spew this crap. I mean really! It makes me so mad I can’t even find the right words to say about it. Its simply wrong on EVERY level. Minorities are NOT the only ones who struggle to attend school, struggle to pay bills, struggle to find a job, etc. All the programs set up for the advancement of minorities you would think they would be living in million dollar homes by now. Can’t get much more handed to them then what they get. Sounds to me like people need to start actually working hard…..

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      • Savannah

        I’m nodding in agreement with you.

        Remember the girl from the Trayvon Martin trial, Rachel Jeantel? A DJ offered her a paid ride through school. Here is an article about the situation on CNN
        http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/us/zimmerman-trial-witness-scholarship/

        I hate to say it, but I bet in 2 years, we’ll see she never took him up on the offer. I hope I’m wrong. However, wouldn’t it be nice if people did this more often based on something other than the color of someones skin?

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      • Savannah

        Just as a side note for those who haven’t seen me state it before… I am a minority.. Jamaican and Portuguese from dad, with a smattering of German, Irish and Dutch from my mom.

        Skin color should stop being the played card. It just disgusts me. Earn it the way “non-minorities” must, hard work and dedication.

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      • Lovebug

        Yes I actually watched that interview when it happened and often times wonder what is really going on in the minds of these people. Its as if they don’t recognize their own racist actions/words yet they are very fast to yell the racist ways of others even when they are not intended as racist. Its further sad to me that the way this girl and her friend talked was considered “the way they talk” lol Its the way “they” talk alright and its racist ALL DAY LONG! Lack of education has nothing to do with the way “they” talk its whats going on inside of them that is the sole reason for it. But hey, lets reward it will a full ride to ANY “black” college she wants to attend. Another thing wrong in this country “black this and black that” only keeps the racist motor alive.

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