Under the direction of Keith L. Black, MD, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery, the Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery will provide one or two MD or PhD students a year with personalized research training, guidance, and career-development advice from Cedars-Sinai neuroscience faculty members. With the aim of enhancing diversity in the neurosciences, the program will support students from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, with a focus on historically black colleges and universities.
Fifteen years ago, legendary singer-songwriter Ray Charles (1930–2004) gave a gift in support of the Ray Charles Cafeteria and Conference Center at Cedars-Sinai in appreciation for the care he received at the hospital.
"It is an honor, on behalf of the Ray Charles Foundation and its board of directors, to partner with Cedars-Sinai and Dr. Black in shaping the future for the next generation in science and medicine through the Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery," said Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin. "The mentorship and teaching in this program in the name of Ray Charles are immeasurable and will set the tone for the next generation of doctors."