Many times we ask how can I give back as a company or corporation to the black community. Well I have a suggestion for those who may be interested. The application process for the 21st BioMedical Symposium on Careers given by Minority Health Organization along with the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS) will be starting from September 15th through October 31, 2006. The Symposium will be held from April 4-7, 2007 in Orlanda, Florida and Flordia A&M will be the host school. ( http://www.minorityhealth.org ). The online application process will open on September 15, 2006. My call to you all is to consider sponsoring a student, and if possible an under-represented African American male student. Many times these students are left behind because we don't take a close look at their academic grades and they get passed by. For those who may not know that many times if a student is a 3.0 or above in math and science he can be a good candidate for many medical/biomedical programs. It is currently, a big push to make exception for the African American male students and to allow those students who seems good in math and science the opportunity to see if they would want to go in the medical/biomedical fields. To assist in processing these students they can have an unweighted GPA of 2.5 - 2.99 and attend the Symposium. Along with providing the other documentation. Other students will have to have at least a 3.0 (unweighted) and above with the required documentation. Most of the fundings for the Symposium is provided by the Federal government. Because of cut in funding many of the students are unable to attend because of the cost. Normally the cost would be $50 or free if you presented an abstract. If you would like to become a sponsor, the cost to fund a student would be $1,500. This includes flight, hotel, registration fee, food and other related items. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Thomas Adams of Minority Health at 678-904-4219 or email him at: [email protected] and he can provide you details. It is my hope that you will look within your community or at the AMHPS member schools listed in the posting and see if you want to support those areas or give support to non-AMPHS school that are participating. I am a non-AMPHS Biomedical Coordinator for Memphis. The event is a once in a life time opportunity for the student. The students have the opportunity to meet the Presidents, Deans, distinguished individuals such as Ben Carson, "The Three Doctors", 16th Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher and the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Carmona. (For those who may not know, the 17th Surgeon General was a high school drop out and received his GED in the military and afterward went to college and now is one of the most powerful men in the country. This shows what happen is you just believe in the impossible.) and many other interested individuals. They get to attend workshops, network, and treated as kings and queens. Background History on MHPF and AMHPS: The Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) is dedicated to providing the highest level of support for the advancement of professional development, education, research and community service for minorities. In addition, MHPF work diligently to ensure that the advancement of health professions among minorities works directly to serve the health and wellness of our often-underserved communities. Today, AMHPS includes 12 historically black medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools. The members include two schools of dentistry, four schools of medicine, five schools of pharmacy and one school of veterinary medicine. For more information on all twelve members, please click the link below to get detailed information on each school: http://www.minorityhealth.org/members.html (The AMHPS consist of the following member schools: Charles Drew, Howard University, Xavier, Hampton University, Florida A&M, Texas Southern University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, and Tuskegee University.) The 12 colleges and universities educate and train 50 percent of African American physicians, 50 percent of African American dentists, 50 percent of African American pharmacists and 75 percent of African American veterinarians in the United States. They have also educated growing numbers of minorities with doctorates in the biomedical sciences and related disciplines.