Scholarships awarded to health care students
Students pursuing careers in health care have won $200,000 in scholarships from the United Health Foundation and PacifiCare Foundation.
Seventy-five students receive $2,000 scholarship to pursue careers in health care.
Two $25,000 Freedom Award scholarships are given to the two most outstanding applicants.
The scholarship program was designed to address a nationwide shortage of Spanish-speaking health care professionals
Seventy-seven Spanish-speaking bicultural students were each awarded scholarships by the United Health Foundation and PacifiCare Foundation to pursue educational opportunities leading to careers in the health care industry.
The scholarships are offered on behalf of the Latino Health Scholars Program to educate students about career opportunities for Hispanics and Latinos in the health care field.
In order to qualify for a scholarship, applicants were required to show proof of acceptance and enrollment into an approved health care program at a university, community college or accredited technical college.
According to the Office of Minority Health, there is a nationwide shortage of bilingual and bicultural professionals in the health care field. Specifically, the shortage of Spanish-speaking personnel in nursing and other allied health professions, coupled with the growth of the Latino population in the United States, requires training and recruitment of more qualified professionals.
Diana Meza of South Lake Tahoe is a 2006 scholarship winner of the Latino Health Scholars Program from Humboldt State University for nursing.