Go Red Scholarship for Health Care Careers
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HURRY: Deadline is November 30, 2012!!
American Heart Association offers scholarships in medicine for multicultural women
In an effort to ease the burden of college tuition hikes during these rough economic times and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women™ and Macy’s, its national sponsor, offer the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship is designed to drive diversity in medicine and directly address important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities.
Sixteen deserving racially/ethnically diverse females will receive a $2,500 scholarship to support them in their studies. Candidates must complete an application, personal essay and submit two letters of recommendation. Online applications are available through Nov. 30, 2012. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February 2013.
African-American and Hispanic women are disproportionately affected by heart disease and its risk factors and confront disparities in care. Factors that contribute to poor health outcomes among minorities include cultural barriers and lack of access to quality care, according to the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD).
“The recruitment of talented diverse young women into the health care field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally sensitive patient-centered care. The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help ensure the continued success of a diverse group of young women in their health care education journey,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for North Shore – LIJ Health System and American Heart Association Go Red For Women spokesperson.
Only 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates in 2010, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Only 5.4 percent of African-Americans and 3.6 percent of Hispanics in the nation are Registered Nurses (RNs).
Applications and scholarship requirements are available online at GoRedForWomen.org/GoRedScholarship.