I hope that you have been staying safe and healthy in these challenging times!
My name is Christel Wekon-Kemeni and I’m currently a Pediatric Resident Physician. I am also the creator of Black Man, M.D. (BlackManMD.com), 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've been able to fulfill this mission two years in a row with scholarships going to high school students in Florida, Ohio, and Texas!
This could NOT have been done without the help of all the generous donors who have contributed to the scholarship fund over the past two years, as well as the judges who have helped review the scholarship applications over the same period of time! I’m forever grateful for these wonderful people!
Due to the overwhelming success of both the 2019 & 2020 scholarship cycles, I've decided to commit to making this scholarship an annual endeavor that students can benefit from for years to come. 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 the most recent scholarship cycle, The 2021 Desire To Inspire Scholarship will be dedicated to recognizing young individuals from historically underrepresented minority groups who are interested in a career in healthcare and are 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 missions of inspiration forward.
This scholarship has been able to flourish and expand, much thanks to the many amazing individuals who have been willing to contribute to the scholarship fund. Their generosity and belief of the mission has helped motivate me to continue providing this opportunity to underrepresented minority students all across the nation, and they have been directly responsible for helping students pay for college!
While I've been able to come up with ways to help sustain the scholarship such as selling Black Man, M.D. Wristbands and launching the Black Man, M.D. Merchandise Store, I still genuinely believe that the most important and critical contributions come from generous people like you who believe in what the scholarship stands for and are willing to help fund young students as they continue to inspire others while working towards their respective educational goals.
I also genuinely 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! You’ll also play a role in inspiring someone else to give a few of their dollars to help sustain this scholarship and will also be playing a part in inspiring the future scholarship recipients in unimaginable ways! I fully believe that there are more than enough benevolent 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 future recipients 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!
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