The Association of Black Cardiologists is awarding scholarships to 15 students in order to help them cover tuition fees for their medical studies. The initiative is part of the organization’s effort to promote diversity in medicine and support aspiring professionals.

“This year’s scholarship recipients have demonstrated remarkable dedication and promise in their pursuit of a career in healthcare,” ABC President Dr. Anekwe Onwuanyi said in a press release. “They represent the bright future of cardiovascular medicine, embodying the values and commitment to diversity and excellence that ABC and its partners represent.”

Among the students selected, five will receive the Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship for Medical Students and ten will be awarded the ABC/Biosense Webster Scholarship for Medical Students.

The organization launched its first scholarship for medical students of color in 1984. Since then, over 70 students were granted help to cover their tuition fees. 

“The scholarships aim not only to alleviate the financial burden of medical education but also to empower these individuals to become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow’s healthcare landscape,” ABC CEO Cassandra McCullough said.

A lack of diversity remains in the medical field, studies show. While Black individuals make up for 13% of the population, only 3% of cardiologists are Black, according to a 2019 study published in JAMA Cardiology. In medical schools, only 4% of faculty are Black, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Students will be awarded their scholarships during the organization’s 14th Annual Spirit of the Heart Awards & Fundraiser on Oct. 28 in Atlanta.