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UMBC/HHMI Meyerhoff Video Wins Telly Award

June 22, 2015 3:33 PM

The inspiring video “Strength in Numbers: Inside the Meyerhoff Scholars Program” has won a 2015 Telly Award.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) created this video for a feature article in The HHMI Bulletin focused on the supportive community at the heart of UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program.

“Strength in Numbers” was filmed at the UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars retreat in the fall of 2013 and featured several scholars speaking about how the program has helped them. It is available to view through the HHMI website.

Blossom Tewelde ’14, biochemistry and molecular biology, spoke to The HHMI Bulletin about the importance of diversity in the sciences. “I can count on one hand all of the black female physician-scientists I’ve met in my life,” she said. “It can be hard to imagine yourself somewhere without that picture in your mind.”

Tewelde went on to talk about how she’s giving back to the Meyerhoff community as a peer advisor, saying, “I will support younger scholars the same way I’ve been supported. It’s just something about Meyerhoff—there’s a sense of ownership. Any Meyerhoff anywhere will take you in with open arms.”

The Telly Awards program honors top videos, films, and commercials, and received nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries this year. “Strength in Numbers” received a bronze in the nonprofit online video category.