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New $1.5 billion scholarship program will support scientists of color

One of the nation’s largest biomedical research institutions has pledged $1.5 billion to support scientists of color in university labs, an effort heavily influenced by the work of the outgoing president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County ( UMBC), Freeman A. Hrabowski III, officials announced Thursday.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will sponsor up to 150 early-career scientists — with a focus on scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds — over the next decade and cover their salaries, budget research, equipment and other costs, the organization said in a statement. The support could total up to $8.6 million for each researcher, the institute said.

Hrabowski, who is retiring from UMBC in late July, said he was moved by the institute’s decision to name the program after him.

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