Bloomberg gives Hopkins $150M to diversify science programs

May 12, 2021 GMT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A $150 million gift from billionaire Michael Bloomberg aims to help Johns Hopkins University boost the representation of certain minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.

The donation announced Tuesday help create 100 new slots for students from historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions who will be known as Vivien Thomas Scholars, news outlets reported. Partner institutions include Morgan State University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The name for the initiative set to begin in fall 2022 honors the Black scientist who developed a cardiac surgery technique at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1940s. It will provide the scholars with academic and financial support, including up to six years of full tuition, a stipend and health insurance along with mentorship and other opportunities, the university said.

This latest gift to Bloomberg’s alma mater increases the total of the former New York mayor’s gifts to the university to $3.55 billion.