The Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program
Announces Three New Winners
For 2023-26

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These 3 Scholarship Winners Will Enter
The Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute at TSU
To Prepare Them For Careers As
Doctors and Dentists

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These New Scholarship Winners
Will Join Last Year’s Group of Five Scholars
at
The Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute 

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The Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program
Has Now Awarded 188 Scholarships
Since Its Launch in 2007

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NASHVILLE (AP), Oct 28 – This year three new students were awarded 3-year, $5000 per year scholarship grants at the 17th Annual Bryan A. Collins Scholarship luncheon in Nashville.

In awarding these scholarships, the Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program has partnered for the second consecutive with the prestigious Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute at Tennessee State University (TSU).

Through the Watkins Institute, TSU and Meharry Medical College have teamed up to achieve the goal of preparing more black students for careers as doctors and dentists.

These three new students will join last year’s first group of five (5) scholarship winners.

All will go on to study for three years at TSU and then go on to Meharry for four years of medical or dental school — after which they will be conferred their B.S. degree in Biology or Chemistry after successful completion at TSU — and their M.D. or D.D.S. degree upon completion of the medical or dental program at Meharry Medical College.

Additional information about last year’s 2022 group can be found here.

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“We are excited to support all of our scholarship winners in the Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr institute’s Accelerated Program in our son, Bryan’s name,” said Francine Pace and Alan Collins, parents of the late Bryan A. Collins and founders of the scholarship program.

“We need more black doctors and dentists. Our country is increasingly more diverse. And, patients need more healthcare choices, more providers who look like them and more clinics located in underserved communities. And, it is truly an honor to support the education of these high-potential, personable and dynamic students as they work towards filling this need. 

“We wish them much success at TSU as they prepare for their journey towards entering the medical and dental professions.”

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Barbara Murrell, Chair of the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr Institute at TSU concurred.

“For the second consecutive year, the Institute family is very grateful for the contribution and support of The Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Fund established at the TSU Foundation,” said Ms. Murrell.

“Dr. Watkins was a world-renowned heart surgeon and a TSU alum. He was a student of mine.  And he is credited with implanting the first automatic defibrillator in a human patient.

“We are hopeful the students that have enrolled in the program in his honor will follow in his footsteps and become role models for other Black kids. Upon completing Medical/Dental school, these students will commit to a career as primary care physicians or dentists, serving underserved communities.

“On behalf of TSU and the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr Institute, we’d like to thank Bryan’s parents for establishing this program to support these excellent students.”

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Here’s a close-up look at the new
2023-26 Bryan A. Collins Scholars:
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Christopher Zaire Creighton-Mitchell ….from Atlanta, Georgia…majoring in Biology and Chemistry in the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr Institute at TSU…National Honor Society Member… Captain of the Varsity Track & Field Team….Former President, Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, and Chaplain of the Alpharetta Smyrna Alumni Chapter Guide Right Program….Co-Leader of the Distinguished Hue-Mans (Black Male Affinity Group)….Kappa League Leadership Development Program… Worked as an IT intern at the Westminster Schools…CPR certified and has been taking Spanish classes for the past 7 years…He has used these abilities to help care for patients in various countries, such as: Guyana and Costa Rica…Worked at the local community center teaching Spanish-speaking-students English and translating English children’s books into Spanish.

Christopher plans to become a neurosurgeon to help the level of healthcare provided to African Americans and other minorities.

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Miracle Hughes …from Southaven, Mississippi….majoring in biology, minoring in chemistry in the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr Institute at TSU….National Honor Society member and served as Treasurer…Graduated top ten percent of her class, with special distinction…Finished with one of the highest-grade point averages in her school….Member of Key Club and received over 30 community service hours a semester….Participated and served in many leadership roles at her high school….Because of her PSAT scores, she was recognized by college board in their prestigious National Recognition Program.

Miracle plans to enter the medical field as a doctor and anesthesiologist while serving her neighborhood and giving back to the community.

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Chandler Hollis ….from Bellaire, Texas….majoring in biology in the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr Institute at TSU…served as President of the Student Body at his school…National Honor Society member…served on Project C.U.R.E…spent countless hours engaged in leadership roles in youth sports…. He plans to extend himself to various organizations on campus. Groups like Build, Maps, and Collegiate 100 are all positive organizations on campus that he is interested in joining…Also plans on serving the Nashville community.

Chandler plans to enter the medical field as a doctor and is excited about the prospect of bringing two of his passions together, helping people and science.

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In wrapping up, Francine Pace and Alan Collins, offered the following final comments on the program: “We’d like thank Barbara Murrell and Lalita Hodge for their outstanding leadership and hard work in setting up our visit to TSU on October 28. And we’d also like to extend our warm and heartfelt appreciation to our families and all of our awesome super-contributors — especially Pamela Hewitt and Warren Lawson — for their unwavering support and generous donations to the scholarship for sixteen consecutive years.”

“You have all gone beyond the call of duty and have continued making this program a success!”

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If you’d like to contribute to the
Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program,
you can find more information HERE.
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If you’d like to apply for the
Bryan A. Collins Scholarship Program,
you can find more information HERE.

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The Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Institute was
established in 2020. More information
about it can be found HERE.