MDC welcomed its third cohort of Rising Scholars with an induction ceremony on Monday, August 14, at MDC’s North Campus. The groundbreaking Rising Scholars program provides financial assistance, support services and resources to graduating high school seniors to ensure their academic success. Dr. Nelson L. Adams, chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center was the keynote speaker. Dr. Adams attended Emory University in Atlanta, where he completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1982. He moved his private practice from Mobile, AL. to Miami Shores, FL. in 1986. In South Florida, he became vice president of network development for Sheridan Healthcorp and served as medical director for Greater Miami OB-GYN Associates at Sheridan Healthcorp. In 2004, he founded Access Health Solutions and currently serves as its president and chairman. He was sworn in as the 108th president of the National Medical Association in 2007.
The Rising Scholars program’s structured experiences inside and outside the classroom equip students with the skills, resources and support to achieve their academic and professional goals. Participants receive free tuition for up to 30 credits plus fees per year, book stipend, laptop computer, and scholarship opportunities. They also have access to short-term, career-focused credentials that increase earning potential, degree options, internship opportunities, academic advisement and resume assistance.