(CHICAGO, IL – 12/18/20) – The President and CEO, Founder of the HBCU Campaign Fund, Demetrius Johnson Jr., released the following statement on the generous philanthropy of MacKenzie Scott and TikTok for recent gifts that were given to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
“The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) expresses its gratitude and profoundly praises the philanthropic efforts of MacKenzie Scott and TikTok for their recent gifts to our nation HBCUs. For many years HBCUs have been underrepresented, under-resourced, and underfunded and have fought for equity within the higher education space for decades. With such positive impacts as MacKenzie Scott and TikTok have made, this puts a brighter future on HBCUs. Their gifts will tremendously benefit the ongoing mission to strengthen HBCUs, which continues to transform the lives of an African American and diverse population that HBCUs have served for more than 140 years in history. These transformational gifts will allow HBCUs to further their academic excellence and deepen their investment in students and higher education. We are so proud of the progress that our institutional leaders and the impact of their continued guidance that make HBCUs so prominent academically.”
On Wednesday, American author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced nearly $4.2 billion in gifts to 384 organization, including seventeen HBCUs. Social Media platform TikTok followed Scott’s gift with a $10 million donation of $1 million each to eight HBCUs as part of their ongoing commitment to healthcare workers and academic institutions that serve underrepresented student with programs focused on public health professions in the medical and healthcare fields.
About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded in 2012 and is a nonprofit educational organization that remain a strong advocate for students and higher education. HCF mission is to support the significance and raise funds for scholarships, programs, and for private and public HBCUs and MSIs. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
(12/16/20) – TikTok announced $1 million in funding to eight HBCUs as a part of their ongoing commitment to healthcare workers and academic institutions that serve underrepresented students with programs focused on public health professions in the medical and healthcare fields. The social media platform donated a total of $10 million to 10 academic institutions, including 8 HBCUs that serve minority students. Each school will receive $1 million in funding to support undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students pursuing medical careers or other health related fields, helping to ensure the success of future Black, Latinx, and Indigenous health heroes.
The gifts benefits Xavier University of Louisiana, Tougaloo College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University, South Carolina State University, Laredo College, University of South Dakota, Florida A&M University, Delaware State University, and Virginia Union University.
“Healthcare workers are the heroes of the global pandemic, and deserving heroes within the TikTok community,” said Belinda Frazier, Head of Culture and Diversity, TikTok North America. “The TikTok Health Heroes Relief Fund was created to support their efforts and we are honored to be able to continue our commitment to the healthcare community. We believe the next generation of health heroes should be reflective of the world around us and we are proud of support medical and health education programs that serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students.”
2020 has been a difficult year for many, but through it all there’s been an unwavering symbol of hope and humanity shining through: healthcare workers. From epidemiologists to doctors to surge staff, front line healthcare workers are deserving heroes across the country – and theses health heroes are equally lauded figures within the TikTok community, which is part of why TikTok donated $150 million earlier this year through the Health Heroes Relief Fund.
“Many Xavierites have excelled to become the health heroes that are in high demand during the global pandemic,” said Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana. “This gift from TikTok allows talented young women and men with dreams to sharpen their gifts and succeed at becoming change agents in our community and across the nation through education.”
“We are grateful to TikTok for recognizing the power of everyday health heroes like the one we are developing on our campus in combattling the COVID0-19 pandemic. The University’s Public and Allied Health Department, chaired by Dr. Robert C. Mason, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michelle Fisher RN managed a small army of employee and student volunteer who came out every test day – rain or shine – to administer the 35,000 tests necessary to keep us all safe. There were dozens of them on duty every day, and these are our heroes.”
– Dr. Tony Allen, President of Delaware State University
According to a 2018 article in Harvard Business Review, Black people make up 13 percent of the US population; but only four percent of US doctors and less than seven percent of US medical students self-identify as Black. In a qualitative study of Black students’ perspectives on careers in medicine in the Journal of the National Medical Association, students reported financial constraints as one of the major barrier in pursuing a career in medicine. We believe investing in the next generation of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous doctors, nurses, pediatricians, surgeons, and other essential health care workers is one of the best ways to invest in the future of America.
About TikTok TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. TikTok’s mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. For more information, visit www.tiktok.com.