The hazing controversy that plagues Florida A&M University should not be allowed to overshadow the important work of this premier historically black university. Because of FAMU, another 15 top-rated students from Broward and Miami-Dade counties have an opportunity to benefit from the high-level teaching environment that the university provides.

One of the students, Ms. Telisha Marshall, of north Miami-Dade, received a Distinguished Scholar Award worth $56,044 which will help her comfortably study pharmacy in the fall.

In total, FAMU awarded $277,000 in scholarships this time around to students of the two counties. That is proof that this institution of higher learning stands ready to help students who are dedicated to pursuing their dreams. It is welcome assistance especially for those who, in many instances, cannot afford to pay for college.