Funke Abimbola, is a multi-award winning UK-based Lawyer and Diversity Campaigner committed to giving back, this time with The Akindolie Medical Scholarship program. When she was last on our show, she was talking about her work to mentor young solicitors, through the organisation Aspiring Solicitors. Yet she is not limited to this agenda!
Coming from a medical family, Funke has expressed empathy for the recent challenges of junior doctors, and she has first-hand knowledge for the challenges associated with starting and developing a medical career. A recent trip to Nigeria, together with the sudden and unexpected passing of her father, Dr. Frank Olufemi Akindolie, inspired Funke to take action. She returned to the UK, to establish a medical scholarship to honour her father, as well as to show recognition and understanding for those aspiring to study medicine at a UK Medical school.
The Akindolie Medical Scholarship will comprise a financial bursary of up to £1,500 and offer structured mentoring to a medical student who is currently studying medicine. The scholarship will be awarded to gifted medical student/s annually, and Funke has already developed plans for its growth each year.
Funke joins us to explain how she’s pledging her support for those cultivating careers in medicine.
PRESS RELEASE – 14th April 2016
Multi award winning lawyer establishes medical scholarship to honour her father
Funke Abimbola, a multi-award winning UK-based lawyer and diversity campaigner has established a medical scholarship to honour her father, Dr. Frank Olufemi Akindolie.
The Akindolie Medical Scholarship (which is personally funded by Abimbola) will comprise a financial bursary of up to £1,500 and will also include structured mentoring to a medical student who is currently studying medicine at a UK medical school. The scholarship will be awarded to one gifted medical student annually.
“My father was a gifted, German trained doctor who built up a successful medical practice in Nigeria. He tragically died of liver cancer almost 4 years ago”, says Abimbola.
“Whilst visiting my family in Nigeria recently, I realized that I wanted to establish something permanent in my father’s name, specifically to encourage future doctors in the UK. Although I chose to become a lawyer, I come from a family of doctors. Morale amongst junior hospital doctors in the UK is at an all-time low. By doing this, I hope to encourage and support future doctors to remain committed to their medical careers despite the challenges they face”.
To qualify, candidates will need to be from an African or Afro-Caribbean background with a strong academic record and a demonstrable commitment to giving back to society outside their medical studies. Priority will be given to students at medical school in London or Newcastle, “both being locations where my younger siblings attended medical school”, explains Abimbola.
Applications for the 2016/2017 scholarship are now open. To apply, candidates can send their CV, a detailed covering letter and a 300 word statement explaining why they consider themselves the best candidate for the scholarship to AkindolieScholarship@gmail.com.
Applications close on 31st August.
The scholarship will be awarded by the end of September.