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New SHP Scholarship Aims to Increase Workforce Diversity


Dr. Julia Crim donated $45,000 to establish the Diversity and Excellence in Radiography Scholarship at the MU School of Health Professions.

Dr. Crim is a Professor of Clinical Radiology and Vice Chair of Radiology at the University of Missouri and has been in healthcare for over 25 years. After receiving her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians in New York City, she completed her residency at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Crim’s faculty appointments include, UCLA, Duke, and University of Utah, before arriving at MU in 2013.

The scholarship is intended to encourage minority students to enter the Radiological Science Program at MU SHP by helping them overcome financial barriers. “This gift will have a tremendous impact on the recruitment and retention of minority students in the Radiography Program at SHP,” said Kristofer Hagglund, Dean of the MU School of Health Professions.

“Dr.Crim’s investment aligns with SHP’s efforts and initiatives in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

Pat Tew, Program Director of the Radiological Science Program at SHP, spoke on the importance of diversity in the health professions. “As Radiographers our students are going to treat a wide-range of patients during their time in the workforce. It’s critical that our students be prepared to treat that population, and one way to do that is to have our students reflect that population.”

Dr. Crim’s intention for the scholarship fund is not only to diversify one program, but to spread a message to minority students across MU. “Some minority students at Mizzou have said they do not feel welcome on campus. The scholarship is a way to say that minority students are welcome here, and we want them to succeed.” said Crim. “I want to give back to MU and help build a better and stronger place for everyone.”

To support the Diversity and Excellence in Radiography Scholarship, visit