Xavier University College Of Pharmacy Student Graduates With Support From United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative
NEW ORLEANS – More than 200 students studying to work in health care professions are receiving $2.25 million in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year from United Health Foundation.
The funding is part of United Health Foundation’s commitment to investing in the country’s future, diverse health care workforce, reps said. United Health Foundation, in partnership with nine nonprofit and civic organizations, is providing the scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through its Diverse Scholars Initiative.
“Creating a future health workforce that meets a community’s diverse and distinct health care needs is critical to building healthier communities,” said Chris Stidman, president of United Health Foundation. “Increasing access to culturally competent care helps reduce health care disparities and improves health outcomes. United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to partner with national organizations and nonprofits to invest in the future health workforce.”
Diverse Scholars Initiative and Partners
Since the Diverse Scholar Initiative’s inception in 2007, United Health Foundation has awarded more than 1,800 scholarships totaling over $13 million.
“It’s been immensely helpful to have the financial support, but also the mentorship opportunities,” said Evelyn Ambush, a United Health Foundation and United Negro College Fund Diverse Scholar, and a recent graduate of Xavier University College of Pharmacy in New Orleans. “It’s so powerful to have people who inspire you and believe in your ability to do great things.”
Ambush plans to continue her studies in postgraduate pharmacy residency programs to become an ambulatory pharmacist, which will allow her to work closely with patients as part of a clinical team.
Scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need, the pursuit of a degree that will lead to a career as a primary care health professional and a commitment to working in underserved communities.
These nine grant partners will announce individual Diverse Scholars recipients throughout the year:
• American Indian College Fund
• Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
• Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
• Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
• National Association of Hispanic Nurses
• National Hispanic Health Foundation
• National Medical Fellowships
• The Jackie Robinson Foundation
• United Negro College Fund
United Health Foundation engages with the scholars throughout the year to support their educational and professional goals, including hosting a Diverse Scholars Forum in Washington, D.C., in June. The event will bring together undergraduate-, graduate- and doctorate-level scholarship recipients from across the nation. Scholars will meet with policymakers and thought leaders to discuss the nation’s most pressing health issues, network with peers and special guests, and engage in interactive dialogue to share their own ideas and experiences.
United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world.