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Donation of $100,000 for Breonna Taylor launches nursing scholarship

Scholarships have been established in memory of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who died last year after being shot by officers of Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

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Scholarships have been established in memory of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who died last year after being shot by officers of Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

The Courier-Journal reports that Thrive Causemetics, a Los Angeles-based cosmetic company, has donated $100,000 to start the Breonna Taylor Memorial Endowment at the University of Louisville. In an announcement, the scholarship will assist nursing students from Kentucky with their dreams of a brighter future. According to the company, thanks to their donation, “other contributions and major gifts will be inspired” to help reach the $2.2 million funding mark that is needed in order to continue the scholarship for as long as possible.

In addition, Thrive Causemetics contributed $3,000 toward the creation of a scholarship that is immediately available.

In the days leading up to her death, Taylor was devoted to becoming a nurse and had been working as an emergency room technician at the University of Louisville. Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, represented by attorney Sam Aguiar, is “amazed” by the donation.

“Thrive Causemetics’ promise of paving the way for so many people to reach Breonna’s goal of working in medicine is bringing smiles to our faces and tears to our eyes,” Palmer said on behalf of the cause. The gift of Thrive Causemetics will benefit many people at a time when health care providers are more necessary than ever. The memory of Breonna continues to shine brightly, as does the outpouring of love in her honor. “

The $3,000 prize was awarded to Kaelyn Goatley, a freshman. Following graduation, she stated that she plans to work in pediatrics or labor and delivery nursing.

In a statement, the University of Louisville student described why she is excited about becoming a nurse. She said that as a Black woman she is aware that there is injustice everywhere and in the medical field as well. It is through this scholarship that I am assisting in my mission to provide the highest level of treatment for every single one of my patients. I am extremely grateful for it.”

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