New students at Meharry Medical College meet financial donors

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Monday was a big day at Meharry Medical College as the school welcomed a new class of physicians, dentists, and researchers.

The medical college was established 141 years ago.

It remains the nation’s largest, private historically-black academic health center dedicated to educating minority health professionals.

Students who received scholarships got to meet the donors who are helping them go to school at a breakfast on Monday.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

“The breakfast, I think, is a wonderful, wonderful idea because sometimes when you do apply for scholarships, you may not know where they’re coming from, and I think it becomes a little bit more personal when you get to meet the person who is giving the money, kind of hear their story and how they arrived at this point, and being to share your story with them, and kind of both connect on the same idea that we make sure we both keep paying for it forward,” said La’Chanda Akers, a fourth-year student.

Dr. Barbara Sias-Chinn is an alum who now donates to the school and said she was on scholarships while attending the school and got to meet her donor as well.

“I said that when I finished I wanted to do the same identical thing,” she told News 2. “Even after I’m gone, hopefully my scholarship will still be going for student here at Meharry because without that help I would not have graduated.”