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EduMed 2020 Scholarship Winners
Napa Valley College
EduMed Undergraduate Scholarship
What healthcare means to me
What drew me to the medical/health field was helping a family friend take care of her mother for three years. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. It was sad for me to see her mental functions decline in a short amount of time. In high school, I was always interested in the human body and brain. I’m the type of person that likes knowing the “why” and the “how” of everything. The organ systems inside of us are very complex. Even though some medical concepts are still unknown, we are truly lucky to be able to know all the things we know now and the healthcare field is advancing even more. At first, it was very easy to take care of her and then it became difficult. I learned many qualities during that time. The most important skill was patience. After she passed away, I started thinking about aging. Many adults decide to take care of their elderly parents but the reality is that most people can’t do that, not because they don’t want to, but because it can require full-time commitment. Some people can’t quit their jobs because of personal circumstances so they decide that having their parents in a long-term care facility is better. I decided to take a Certified Nurse Assistant class. We had over 100 hours of hands-on clinical experience with patients in a nursing facility. I really enjoyed working with seniors that had different conditions. It honestly warmed my heart listening to their life stories. Some of them had daily visitors and others haven’t had visitors in a while so it felt nice being there for them when they felt lonely. Once I got my license, I applied for a job right away. Even though I love being a CNA because it’s more one-on-one patient care, I’m currently trying to become a Registered Nurse because I’ll be able to develop care plans, assess health problems and provide medical information.
Though I began my undergraduate career as a journalism major, I eventually shifted my focus onto a path in healthcare as I realized that I was passionate about fighting for social justice and health equity. My concentration in public health at Stony Brook University focused on the American healthcare system. During these studies, as I came to recognize that many of our own problems are, in fact, far worse elsewhere in the world, I dedicated myself to learning about global health inequity and healthcare in underserved populations. This dedication to improving health equity has taken me around the world and helped me understand how I can best support low-resource communities.
As a nurse, I hope to identify and troubleshoot weaknesses and obstacles in the medical system that prevent people from receiving adequate care; I also hope to support patient-centered, evidence-based approaches to treatment. This desire was kindled by encounters I had working with youth as a health volunteer in Nicaragua. I met women struggling with physical health issues, dangerous and abusive partners, dire economic circumstances, and severe lack of adequate healthcare. Around the world, insufficient government resources often result in similar conditions — including pervasive crime and femicide. I feel a deep desire to do more than retelling their narrative: I want to provide quality care that includes social circumstances and psychological well-being.
Such a holistic approach to healthcare — and to the kind of nursing that feels most meaningful — requires specialized, trauma-informed, evidence-based training to protect and support vulnerable patients. The Center for Global Initiative and the Office for Science and Innovation appeal to me because they encourage leadership in nursing research that could shape healthcare on a global scale. The research program, in particular, would enable me to explore more patient-centered care that considers the intersectional nature of a patient’s interaction with their health and community.
My development from childhood to high school is mainly affected by financial difficulties and domestic violence in my family. My father is a violent person who abused my grandmother when I was young. This happened four times per week on average. I will never forget how helpless, frustrated, and overwhelmed we were. Pursuing a nurse career is not only a dream to me, but it is a promise to my beloved 85-year-old grandmother, a lifelong commitment to protecting others after witnessing her abuse and humiliation. I have never forgotten or given up on this, no matter how hard life has been.
My appreciation for this dynamic field has further grown as I maintain a high standard in academic excellence, international horizons enrichment, and healthcare-related social commitments in the undergraduate study, regardless of my severe financial difficulties and challenges in raising my young brother without the support from parents. I acknowledge the challenges that researchers had to overcome in their process of proposing innovative prevention plans, feasible intervention, and devising healthcare screening strategies in a global aspect. My resilience encouraged me to pursue a top graduate nurse degree as I desire to expand my knowledge and contribute to the global healthcare community, eventually developing a professional career in the nursing domain where I can apply my expertise at the forefront of healthcare.
Trisha Chau is a medical student at Oregon Health & Science University. She aspires to be a physician and an advocate for her patients and her community. During her free time, she enjoys doing martial arts, learning languages, and travelling.
In 2006, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She had just moved to the USA from Ghana, Africa. My family’s lives halted for a second as we tried to find ways to provide her with proper care in the USA. My grandmother did not speak English and her quality of life was deteriorating relatively quickly. As a family, we lacked the financial resources to place her in a quality assisted living facility. We decided we would have to take care of her on our own and keep her safe. My grandmother was prone to leaving the house and wandering around town until we could find her. This is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and is quite dangerous. Due to time constraints and the lack of resources I had to quit all extracurricular activities so I could go home immediately after school to help take care of my grandmother. My main responsibility was to keep her safe and help provide care that would increase her quality of life. The feeling of helping someone when they cannot entirely help themselves is very rewarding. I put my interest aside and would care for her every day until she passed away.
Throughout those years of selfless care, I realized I would love to help people from all walks of life. Healthcare is diverse, and you can help people from childbirth, all the way to end of life care. Knowing this gave me the drive and ambition as a young girl to choose the career path of being in healthcare. There is a time in most people’s lives where they will need some sort of help. Knowing I am able to provide some sort of comfort or care in an individual’s time of need is very rewarding. Having a career that is based on serving and caring for other people is the selfless life I strive to live.
Beginning a college education can be daunting, especially when you consider your bottom line. Although the cost of tuition can seem frightening, it’s important to remember that paying for school doesn’t have to drain your bank account or put you into debt. Scholarships – which are gift-based financial awards that do not have to be paid back – can really chip away at that bottom line and make school much more affordable. There are many of scholarship opportunities out there specifically for those entering a medical or healthcare field. From aspiring medical assistants to advanced care nurses, this scholarship guide can help you find the educational funding you need to begin your healthcare training.
Medical & Health Assistants and Aides
Students enrolled in campus or online medical assistant programs, medical billing and coding programs, and related healthcare programs can apply for numerous scholarships created specifically for them. Some of these scholarships will pay just enough to cover books and a few smaller expenses, while others might be enough to bridge the gap between what financial aid a student receives from the federal government and what they still owe before starting classes. Applying for multiple scholarships can help increase your chances of getting the aid you need to begin your education.
Description: AHIMA’s mission is to encourage and promote the health informatics profession. They offer this scholarship to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate students earning health informatics degrees or similar degrees.
ELigibility: Students entering professional health occupations in specific localities in Virginia
Description: The scholarship goes to students who demonstrate financial need and have at least a 3.0 GPA. The type of healthcare program a student must attend to qualify is very broad as long, as it leads to a health-related occupation.
ELigibility: African-American or Hispanic students attending West Texas A&M University.
Description: The AAF is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve communities in the Texas Panhandle. Applicants must major in education, nursing, sociology, allied health or general studies to apply for this scholarship. It is renewable for up to four semesters.
ELigibility: High school seniors or students currently in college
Description: Applicants who are looking to become medical assistants can apply for this by either writing a 500 word essay or creating a two to five minute video outlining their reasons for wanting to become a medical assistant.
ELigibility: Students planning on a career working with seniors
Description: A Place for Mom is a senior living referral service that hopes to encourage students to choose a career where they work with aging patients. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate, bachelors, associate, or certificate post-secondary program.
ELigibility: Acceptance or enrollment in an accredited college or university medical field degree program. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA through the application process.
Description: Annual award to one recipient pursuing a career (including medical assistant) in the healthcare profession. Applicants must submit a 650-word essay describing their future goals in the medical field along with their applications.
Enrolling in a nursing program online or on-campus is challenging enough without the added pressure of figuring out how to pay for it. These scholarships are designed especially for those who intend to work as nurses. As with scholarships for any other field, it’s vitally important to apply for all those you think you might be eligible for to improve your chances of getting funded. Keep in mind that receiving multiple scholarships can greatly relieve the financial burden of higher education. Here are a few scholarships meant for students in RN programs, LPN/LVN programs, and other nurse training programs.
ELigibility: Students seeking an undergraduate nursing degree
Description: The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem’s mission is to help the women of Forsyth County, North Carolina obtain financial security. In addition to tuition and books and fees, proceeds from this scholarship can be used for room and board as well as other education expenses.
ELigibility: Accepted or enrolled in an accredited nursing program
Description: The DAR is a nonprofit organization designed to protect the history of the United States, promote patriotism and assist individuals seeking a better education. Special consideration will be given to students who show financial need.
ELigibility: Shelby County, Ohio residents working to become a registered nurse
Description: The Community Foundation of Shelby County administers legacy gifts to benefit members of the Shelby County Community. One gift in particular is this scholarship, which places a special emphasis on applicants who have financial need, show academic achievement and demonstrate empathy and compassion.
ELigibility: Most scholarships require current ENA membership, attendance at an AACN, CCNE, or NLN accredited institution, and minimum 3.0 GPA.
Description: The ENA sponsors a wide range of scholarships aimed at advancing the emergency nursing profession. Multiple awards are available on all degree (associate through doctoral) levels for students in an emergency nursing or closely-related program.
ELigibility: Promise to work as a nursing faculty member at a Maryland college or university
Description: The Maryland Higher Education Commission recognized that increasing the number of nurses would require increasing the number of nursing faculty. To entice current nurses to start teaching, they offered this scholarship, which will pay 100% of the student’s tuition and mandatory fees.
Description: Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for this scholarship, which is intended for nursing students who are employees of the American Red Cross or who have demonstrated volunteer service.
ELigibility: Current or future undergraduate students who will become registered or licensed practical nurses
Description: This scholarship is actually a loan forgiveness program where students may receive up to three $5,000 loans to pay for school. However, $5,000 of the loan may be forgiven for each year the student agrees to work at a Delaware state-owned clinic or hospital.
ELigibility: Work at as a nurse in Kentucky after graduation
Description: To help meet the increasing need for nurses in Kentucky, this scholarship requires recipients to work one year as a full-time nurse in Kentucky for each year they received the $3,000 annual award.
Technicians & Technologists
The need for technicians and technologists in the medical and healthcare fields is booming, and that means plenty of educational programs to train you for the workforce. Earning scholarships can help you reduce your out-of-pocket burden. Scholarships in this field can be specific to one profession – such as those specifically for EMTs – but more general scholarships for technicians and technologists also exist. Here are a few great options to look into.
Description: The Greater Worcester Community Foundation engages in philanthropic efforts to improve the Worcester County community. This scholarship goes to a graduating senior from Leicester that is studying in a field that will lead to direct patient care.
Description: In memory of Melissa Centrella, the Melissa’s Hope charitable organization was created to provide financial assistance for students seeking a career in medicine. Recipients include graduate students in medical school as well as undergraduate trade school students seeking a career as a technician or technologist.
Zeta Phi Beta National Education Foundation (ZNEF)
ELigibility: Graduate or undergraduate women
Description: ZNEF provides financial aid to Zeta Phi Beta sorority members and non-members, including a number of scholarships. This scholarship goes to young women who are earning degrees in health science or medicine.
ELigibility: Accepted or enrolled sonography student
Description: Two of these scholarships are awarded each year. They can be used for fees, books or tuition costs relating to enrollment in an accredited cardiovascular technology or medical sonography program.
ELigibility: African-American students with experience in veterinary medicine or technology
Description: The Charles Shelton Foundation works to help African-Americans pursue a career and degree in veterinary technology or medicine. A special emphasis is placed on applicants who demonstrate a concern for animal welfare.
ELigibility: Residents of Kent or Ottawa Counties in Michigan
Description: The GRCF’s mission is to help those within its community. This includes offering scholarships to students attending a Michigan college or university and studying any undergraduate health service related field.
Dental Hygienists & Assistants
Dental assistants and hygienists provide preventative care such as regular cleanings and checkups that catch problems before they become painful emergencies. Though dentists might get all the credit for someone’s healthy teeth, it’s actually the assistants and hygienists that do the bulk of the work in a dentist’s office. If you’re enrolled in a dental assistant program or dental hygiene program, see if one of these scholarships can help cover the costs.
ELigibility: After graduating, students must agree to work at a qualified California facility
Description: Students must be accepted into or enrolled in an allied health program, which includes dental hygiene. After graduation, dental hygienists must work in a medically underserved area for 12 months.
ELigibility: Student NDA membership, evidence of community service, and demonstrated financial need.
Description: Offered by the charitable arm of the National Dental Association, the largest organization representing dental professionals of African-American descent. One annual award each for dental assistant ($500) and dental hygiene ($800) students.
ELigibility: Demonstrated GPA of 3.5 or higher in current pre-graduate program. Applicants must submit short essay explaining their reasons for pursuing a career as a dental professional.
Description: One-time award given annually to a single undergrad student enrolled at a college or university in North America with an interest in dentistry (dentist, dental hygienist or dental assistant).
ELigibility: High school graduates from Southwest lower Michigan who are also Galien residents
Description: The scholarship is open to anyone from the Galien area enrolled in any health-related program that involves educating individuals about their health. Secondary consideration is given to financial need. Applicants must submit to an interview.
ELigibility: Three year commitment to work as a primary care health provider in underserved areas in the state of Washington
Description: The program provides up to $75,000 in conditional scholarships or loan repayments. This helps students pay for a degree that will lead to a career working as a healthcare professional. In return, recipients must meet a post-graduation service commitment.
ELigibility: Dental hygienist students with a minimum GPA of 3.0
Description: The ADHA advocates on behalf of registered dental hygienists. It provides this scholarship to dental hygiene students who demonstrate a drive to improve the oral health of the geriatric individuals in the community.
Description: The VSAC exists to help Vermont students pay for school and professional training. This scholarship award goes to dental hygiene students who show financial need and academic excellence.
Leadership & Administration
When someone thinks of a hospital or clinic, they usually think about hard-working nurses and doctors tending to patients. They rarely think about the people who work behind the scenes to keep everything moving smoothly – the leadership and administration personnel. In administration, strong leadership skills are a critical for an efficient and safe hospital, clinic, or other medical facility. Despite the importance of these positions, they are often overlooked by aspiring medical professionals as viable career choices. If you’re in a healthcare administration degree program or pursuing a degree in healthcare management, these scholarships may be for you.
Description: The ACHE is a professional organization working to foster leaders in healthcare management. This scholarship goes to minority students who are enrolled in a healthcare management graduate program
ELigibility: Graduate and professional students who are Maryland residents
Description: Professional students at select Maryland graduate and professional schools may apply for this scholarship. Eligible professions include pharmacist, attorney, dentist, social worker, veterinarian or nurse (with master’s level training).
ELigibility: Student member of MGMA currently working in medical practice management
Description: The MGMA is a professional organization that promotes the success of business and medical professionals in the healthcare industry. Therefore, applicants must be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program that relates to medical practice management, such as campus or online healthcare administration degree programs.
Special Interest Students
Diversity is what makes the world go ‘round, and that’s certainly true in medicine, where minorities, women, and other special populations bring unique and valuable perspectives to the industry. There are numerous scholarships available in healthcare that help level the playing field for those who face personal struggles or financial burdens. These scholarships provide a peek into what’s available for students from all walks of life.
ELigibility: Full-time college student with at least one year of college
Description: In accordance with the AAHD’s mission of advocating on behalf of those with disabilities, graduate or undergraduate students who have a disability and are pursuing a degree relating to health and disability are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA)
ELigibility: ¼ American Indian, enrolled in a tribe
Description: Students of American Indian heritage who are pursuing a nursing or other healthcare related degree may apply for this scholarship. It is offered by the NSCDA, an organization that promotes an appreciation and protects the history that helped create the United States.
ELigibility: Ethnically diverse individuals seeking a career in medicine or rehabilitation
Description: The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute treats individuals who need rehabilitation services in the Minnesota and western Wisconsin area. Scholarship awards will be based on financial need, academic performance and professional goals.
ELigibility: Enrolled or accepted to an accredited bachelor’s or associate degree nursing program in California
Description: eQuality Scholarship collaborative awards scholarships based on a student’s contributions to the LGBT+ community. Applicants must therefore show a history of helping the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community as well as be residents of northern or central California.
ELigibility: Students seeking a mental health major or related degree
Description: The Melanie Foundation was created in 2006 to bring awareness and help others with mental health issues. The primary tool is helping students who intend to enter a career in mental health fund their education.
ELigibility: Full-time undergraduate students with no laboratory experience
Description: The APS has the goal of promoting education and research in the physiological sciences. Undergraduate students who come from underrepresented groups will work in a laboratory engaging in bio-medical research for 10 weeks and receive a stipend and reimbursement for travel expenses.
ELigibility: Upper level college or graduate students
Description: Only students seeking a post-secondary education from the state of Washington who also show a history and interest in the field of intellectual or developmental disabilities can apply for this stipend. This stipend is released directly to the student’s school.
ELigibility: Native American or Alaska Native in sophomore or junior year of college working toward career that will impact health care for the applicant's tribe or other Native Americans or Alaska Natives.
Description: The Udall Foundation typically offers over 50 scholarships annually to Native American undergrads seeking to become leaders on issues impacting Native Americans or the environment, including Native health care.
Health & Healing
One of the most important components of medical treatment is the follow up therapy and rehabilitation. There are a number of special professions dedicated to helping patients make a complete recovery from their illness or injury, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and their respective assistants. Working in one of these positions can require extensive schooling, including graduate training and licensing – none of which are cheap. To alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with being in school for an extended period of time, several scholarships are available for those looking to enter or further a career in health and healing.
ELigibility: After graduating, students must agree to work at a qualified California facility for at least 12 months
Description: This scholarship is for high-level medical professionals who agree to work in areas in California where there is a shortage of medical professionals, including speech therapists, physical therapists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners.
ELigibility: Graduate students accepted into an applicable therapy program
Description: AMBUCS works to help individuals achieve mobility and independence. This scholarships is for graduate students in occupational therapy programs or on their way to earning a degree in physical therapy, audiology or speech language pathology.
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)
ELigibility: Students who have completed at least one year of occupational therapy coursework
Description: The AOTF, in conjunction with various state occupational therapy organizations, offers more than 50 scholarships for students looking to become an occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant.
ELigibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in an Indiana university or college
Description: The Pacers Foundation, along with St. Vincent Sport Performance, awards three of these scholarships to Indiana students who will study physical therapy, athletic training or a similar field.
ELigibility: Residents of Forsyth County, North Carolina
Description: The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem works to help the women of Forsyth County, North Carolina. They offer this scholarship to those with a physical disability or those who will enter a profession where they can work directly with those who have physical disabilities.
ELigibility: Enrollment in speech-language graduate degree program at an ASHA-accredited college or university.
Description: Annual graduate scholarship program established by a Master’s in Speech Pathology degree holder and small-business owner to help others seeking speech-language careers achieve their professional goals.
ELigibility: Resident of Vermont who will work in home care in Vermont after graduation
Description: VNAs of Vermont provides home health and hospice care. To facilitate this mission, they provide a scholarship to help students pay for any nursing, physical therapy, medical social work, speech therapy or occupational therapy program anywhere in the country.