Lynwood – Lynwood Unified School District on April 10 launched a partnership with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science that allows students to apply for scholarships as early as 10th grade.

The partnership was created to encourage students to enroll in health-related disciplines at Charles Drew University (CDU), which will provide benefits that include scholarships, early admission and waived application fees. Academically qualified students will be given priority registration as they pursue Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical sciences, radiologic science, urban community health, nursing or health administration, or an associate’s degree in radiologic science.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for all of our students who are interested in continuing their education with an emphasis in health care,” Lynwood Unified Superintendent Paul Gothold said. “Our students will have the necessary financial means to not only attend Charles Drew University, but to also ensure that the education they receive will serve them for the rest of their lives.”

The partnership was designed to expand college and career choices in the fields of science and medicine as well as scholarships for all qualified students from Lynwood Unified, Director of Secondary Education Tony Hua said.

“It’s amazing for our students to have this kind of partnership that allows them to work toward something that assures them priority enrollment at CDU,” Hua said. “Our partnership with Charles Drew University just makes great sense and their support in fostering our students who are interested in the medical and science fields will have a great and positive impact in our programs, such as our biomedical pathway program.”

The partnership gives socioeconomically disadvantaged Lynwood Unified School District students greater opportunities to attend college and attain career in the medical field, said Dr. Steve O. Michael, CDU executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. Gaining acceptance into CDU is a difficult feat for any student because the university turns down thousands of applicants each year, Michael said.

“For the Doctor of Medicine program that we have, we get about 2,800 applications for only 28 places and our Physician Assistance program gets about 3,300 applications for only 26 places,” Michael said. “The only way we can get our own kids from Lynwood Unified into Charles Drew University is to build this partnership and that is what we are doing today.”

Students can apply for the following four programs:

  • Early Admitted Student Program (EASP): Provides 10th- and 11th-graders with a $2,000 CDU scholarship for each year they have participated in EASP, early admission, waived application fees and discounted tuition for the Introduction to Basic Genetics and Genomic Science course. Students can also attend free public lectures at CDU while in high school.
  • Charles Drew President Scholars Program: Provides incoming 12th-graders with a $10,000 CDU scholarship, early admission, waived application fees and free tuition to the Introduction to Basic Genetics and Genomic Science course. Students are also invited to a President Fall breakfast for scholars and a President Spring lunch for scholars and parents, both held during their senior year of high school.
  • Guaranteed Priority Admission Program: Provides 12th-graders with a $2,500 CDU scholarship and waives application fees.
  • Opportunity Scholars Program: Provides 12th-graders with admission to a preparation/remedial program that would transition into a CDU undergraduate program. Students can also attend free public lectures at CDU while in high school.

“Our partnership with Charles Drew University is a clear indication that the District is working tirelessly to give our students the best opportunities to achieve higher education,” Lynwood Unified Board President Alma-Delia Renteria said. “We want our students to succeed and partnerships like this will give them the education and support they need to make their mark in the medical field.”


042417_LUSD_CDU1: Lynwood High School junior Larry Owens speaks at the Lynwood Unified School District and Charles R. Drew University partnership signing ceremony on April 10 at the university’s Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education Building.

042417_LUSD_CDU2: (Left to right) Lynwood Unified Board President Alma-Delia Renteria, Lynwood Unified Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite, Lynwood Unified Superintendent Paul Gothold, Charles Drew University President and CEO Dr. David M. Carlisle and CDU Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Steve O. Michael sign an agreement on April 10 to provide priority enrollment and other benefits for academically qualified Lynwood Unified students.