this month, LC received $1 million for scholarships, academic and faculty
support, recruitment and equipment. This generous gift will be crucial to the
innovation and advancement in healthcare and technology needed to respond to
the global challenges posed by the pandemic.
feel honored to have been selected for this generous gift,” Laredo College
President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis said. “This partnership will help hundreds of
students pursue their educational goals in health sciences and make an
immediate, extraordinary impact in our community as we continue innovating and
being a leader in education across the nation. TikTok has selected Laredo
College as the sole community college recipient amongst an extensive pool of
colleges and universities nationwide. I believe that this is due to our
leadership, innovation and excellence.”
platform has been supporting frontline medical workers, educators and local
communities around the world by establishing relief funds. In their efforts to
support educational entities in the United States, they evaluated higher
education institutions to be the recipients of these funds. In addition to
their evaluation of institutional performance, and various interviews held with
Dr. Solis and other LC administrators, TikTok also reached out to members of
Congress for their input. Congressman Henry Cuellar’s support of Laredo College
was pivotal in their selection for this prestigious award.
“To be only
one of ten schools nationwide to receive this $1 million gift, shows just how
impactful Laredo College is on their students, faculty and staff,” said
Congressman Cuellar. “While our communities battle an unprecedented pandemic,
we look to institutions like Laredo College to sharpen the minds of our future
health professionals through advanced health sciences programs. With this
contribution, they will be able to help provide students and faculty with the
means to succeed. I’d like to congratulate Dr. Solis and Laredo College on
receiving this award.”
education institutions that were considered went through a comprehensive evaluation
process in order to qualify as one of the selected recipients of these
educational funds. Laredo College demonstrated innovation, quality education,
adaptability, affordability and impactful student life. From a wide pool of possible
candidates to receive this funding, Laredo College was selected among the top
contenders. The top higher education institutions were also interviewed by
TikTok to select the ten recipients.
workers are the heroes of the global pandemic, and deserving heroes within the TikTok
community. The TikTok Health Heroes Relief Fund was created to support their
efforts and we are
honored to be able to continue our commitment to the healthcare community,”
said Belinda Frazier, Head of Culture and Diversity at TikTok North America.
Among the ten awardees,
LC was the only community college to be selected nationwide and the only higher
education institution in Texas to secure the million-dollar gift.
Part of the
funds will be utilized for scholarships and recruitment costs to support
current and prospective students in the health sciences fields. Students who
reside in Webb, Dimmit, La Salle, Starr and Zapata counties can benefit from
these funds should they meet program qualifications.
sum will be geared toward funding current and future health sciences programs,
faculty and academic support. Academic support will be provided to students and
faculty in the form of new equipment, software, training and any other
functions that will aid in the fulfillment of the college’s mission.
Laredo College will continue to focus on its mission
to transform students’ lives through innovative educational programs and
services, continue its dynamic partnerships, and aspire and cultivate advanced
teaching methods. Once more, through this award, LC has achieved institutional
excellence and will continue to aid students in the achievement of their educational
goals by implementing collaborative pathways that enhance student learning.