Scholarships available for bilingual, bicultural students
pursuing careers in health care
(Plain Press, May 2006) The UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Scholars program to award 75 $2,000 scholarships high school seniors with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and who are fluent in Spanish and English are eligible. Applicants must show proof of acceptance into a university, community college or accredited technical college and must be enrolled in an approved health care program at the time they receive the scholarship. The $2,000 scholarships are to be awarded to 75 eligible applicants. Applications are available online at www.pacificarelatino.com and are due May 29, 2006.
The Freedom Award: two $25,000 scholarships also available
In addition to the seventy-five (75) $2,000 scholarships, the two most qualified applicants will each be awarded a $25,000 Freedom Award. The scholarships, funded by the PacifiCare Foundation, are offered on behalf of the UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Scholars program, which helps educate and encourage Hispanic and Latino students to pursue career opportunities in health care.
Since it was introduced in 2003, the Latino Health Scholars program has awarded $356,000 to 155 students across the country, who are pursuing diverse health care careers such as Nursing, Pre-Med, Biology, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering and other allied health professions.
“We applaud UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to help pave the way for the next generation of Hispanic health care professionals,” said Elena Rios, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the National Hispanic Medical Association. “We believe the Latino Health Scholars program can inspire these students to succeed in school and pursue rewarding, fulfilling health care careers that will make a positive impact in their communities.”
“We are encouraging our scholarship recipients to utilize their bilingual and bicultural skills and health care education by ‘giving back’ to their communities once they graduate,” Bennett added.
“We are doing our part in the community by enlisting the help of many of our employees who have volunteered to serve as ambassadors by visiting the high schools and assisting students interested in a career in health care.”
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