The 2020 Desire To Inspire Scholarship Fund

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My name is Christel Wekon-Kemeni and I’m currently a Pediatric Resident Physician. I am also the creator of Black Man, M.D. (, a blog that is dedicated to crushing negative stereotypes and providing both resources and inspiration for those hoping to pursue a career in healthcare.

As a direct beneficiary of a full-tuition scholarship in college and multiple scholarships during my time in medical school, I fully understand the incredible impact that these financial awards can have on one’s life. Not only do they provide an affordable avenue for a high-quality education, but they also provide the recipients a wealth of amazing opportunities that may have otherwise been deemed inaccessible. Because of these reasons, I had made it a personal mission of mine to one day be in a position to provide scholarships to others in order to alleviate any financial burdens that may be hindering them in reaching their goals. Fortunately, I was able to fulfill this mission by awarding a high school student from Miami, Florida with the 2019 Desire To Inspire Scholarship! This could NOT have been done without the help of the 32 amazing donors who contributed to the scholarship fund and the six judges who reviewed the scholarship applications! I’m forever grateful for them!

Because of the success of last year’s scholarship cycle, it only felt right to repeat the feat and award another scholarship to another deserving student out there who is serving as an inspiration to others. As you may already know, inspiration was a very crucial part in my upbringing, as I’m sure that it was in yours. Being inspired is such a powerful feeling, and it has the potential of enabling someone to achieve feats that he or she may have once deemed impossible. We all have been inspired at some point in our lives; do you remember how that made you feel? Do you remember what that feeling allowed you to believe you could accomplish? Do you remember the person/people who gave you the opportunity to experience that wonderful feeling? Inspiration is such an important aspect of an individual’s development, so important that I continue to have this desire to sustain a scholarship dedicated to highlighting people who provide this wonderful feeling!

Just like last year, The 2020 Desire To Inspire Scholarship will be dedicated to recognizing a young individual from a historically underrepresented minority group who is interested in a career in healthcare and is making a determined effort to inspire others in some way, shape or form. The scholarship could be used for educational purposes and/or for the purpose of pushing their mission of inspiration forward. However, in order for this scholarship to exist, there needs to be some source of funding for it.

This is where your generosity and belief of the mission would come into play!

I believe that if you could donate just a small amount to help fund this scholarship, you will be making a huge impact on someone’s life! What’s even better, you’ll be inspiring someone else to give a few of their dollars to help make this scholarship a reality and will also be playing a part in inspiring the future scholarship recipient in unimaginable ways! I fully believe that there are more than enough generous people in this world who would donate to a cause like this, and there’s a very good chance that you’re one of them. With enough people donating a few dollars to this, the financial goal can easily be reached and someone will have the chance to be rewarded for their work in inspiring and motivating others! So if you would be so kind as to spare a few dollars and spread the word about this fundraiser, you would be highly appreciated!

Thank you so much for your time and generosity!


Christel Wekon-Kemeni 
Chapel Hill, NC

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