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1971 Alumnus creates scholarships benefiting Tuskegee University pre-health students

October 07, 2020

Contact: Brittney Dabney, Office of Communications, Public Realtions and Marketing

Bharat Dubal

The College of Arts and Sciences at Tuskegee University recently received a donation from 1971 alumnus Bharat Dubal to establish the Dubal Scholarship. The $25,000 scholarship was established to support pre-health students studying chemistry and biology. 

Dubal, first visited Tuskegee’s campus in February of 1969, since then he’s always considered Tuskegee his hometown of America.

“I’m grateful for the impact Tuskegee has made on my life – the Tuskegee people and community took me in as a member of the family and treated me so well and for that, I will always be indebted to the university,” explained Dubal.

The scholarship will provide two merit-based scholarships to one chemistry and one biology student to be awarded during the President’s Annual Essay Awards. A portion of the funds will go towards emergency need-based financial assistance for students studying chemistry and biology. In addition, funds will benefit pre-med and pre-health student assistance with MCAT test preparation. Other goals of the donation will include book scholarships for students enrolled in chemistry and biology courses.

“The donation is my personal token of appreciation to the college that has done so much for me,” noted Dubal. Dubal, who completed his master’s degree in chemistry from Tuskegee, went on to pursue a very successful career in the chemical industry. For Dubal, giving back has always been second nature, as he previously gifted the university $10,000 to the Department of Chemistry  while attending an event to commemorate Dr. St. Elmo Brady, a former Tuskegee University faculty member and the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.

College of Arts and Sciences dean, Dr. Channa Prakash says he is grateful for the donation and hopes to provide the funds for students who are in financial distress.

“This gift will be critical to keeping our students right here at Tuskegee University, and it could not have come at a more opportune time, said Prakash.

Dr. Albert E. Russell, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, says students are focused on advancing the needs of sciences through their future careers and this ambitious endeavor will be a lifeline to so many students who have financial needs. “We know that because of this scholarship, new doors of opportunity will be available for our students.”

For additional information on this scholarship and others available within the College of Arts and Sciences, please contact Dr. Channa Prakash at

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