Diversity Group

Minority Scholarships & Educational Opportunities

Kim Martino Minority Scholarship 

This fund was established by Kim’s mother, the late Dr. Marlene O’Bryant-Seabrook, and the Division of Physical Therapy, in conjunction with the Association of Black Health Professionals, now known as SDLC (Student Diversity Leadership Council), to honor the memory of Kim O’Bryant-Martino, a beloved College of Health Professions Physical Therapy student from the May 2003 Class. This loving tribute captures the vital spirit of a young woman who inspired all those around her in roles as mother, student, friend, and confidant. Her life of generosity and dedication to her church, community, and profession is fondly remembered today.

Kim was a graduate of the High School of Charleston, the current site of the MUSC College of Health Professions. She attended the College of Charleston where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Not only was Kim a full-time physical therapy student at MUSC College of Health Professions during her untimely death in 2003, she was a mother and confidant to her classmates.

The objective of the scholarship is to offer financial assistance to a current, full-time, underrepresented minority student (African American, Hispanic, or American Indian) in the College of Health Professions.


  • Enrolled full-time in a program with at least one additional semester to complete
  • Underrepresented minority student (African American, Hispanic, American Indian)
  • Academic performance
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or community service 

How To Apply

  • Visit our website.
  • Submit a list of all your volunteer and community service activities within the past three years using the Volunteer and Community Service Log found on the scholarship web page.

Term Awarded: Summer 

Award Amount: $1,000
*Current and future amounts can vary depending on funds available.

Graduate Incentive Scholarship

Based on availability each year, the MUSC Office of Student Diversity may allot monies to be awarded to underrepresented minority students (African American, Hispanic, American Indian) with financial need. The Office of Student Life will notify all eligible students in the College of Health Professions of the application process and the qualifications to be considered. Students are required to sign a promissory note agreeing to work in SC for at least one year or repay the loan.


  • Enrolled full-time in a program with at least one additional semester to complete
  • US citizen
  • SC resident
  • Underrepresented minority student (African American, Hispanic, American Indian)
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Financial need 

How To Apply

  • Visit our website.
  • Submit an essay on how you plan to be a positive change agent for your chosen profession to benefit South Carolinians. Limit your response to two pages.

Term awarded: Spring
The selected recipients will have the award amount credited to his/her tuition bill prior to the first day of the spring semester.

Award amount: *$5000.00
*Current and future amounts can vary depending on funds available. In the 2015-16 school year, $15000 was allotted to CHP, and three $5000 scholarships were awarded.

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (SC AHEC) Summer Careers Academy

The SC AHEC Summer Careers Academy is presented by the SC AHEC in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing, Dental Medicine, Medicine, Health Professions, Pharmacy, MUSC Library, and the Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness. The Academy is a one-week summer program designed to help minority and disadvantaged students prepare for entry into nursing, dental, medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy education training programs within South Carolina. All applicants must be a South Carolina resident or enrolled in a South Carolina school, college or university and meet other eligibility requirements.

Academy Fellows will take part in a week of clinical and didactic sessions on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. Classroom lectures and project topics will focus on several health disparities prevalent among South Carolinians. Housing and meals are provided and fellows will receive a stipend of $200 with the successful completion of the Academy. More information may be found by visiting the SC AHEC website at South Carolina AHEC Scholars.