Scholarships to boost diversity among health care workers, helping improve treatment and alleviate workforce shortages
Announcement made at fifth annual Diverse Scholars Forum in Washington, D.C.
Scholarships given as part of larger United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative totaling nearly $2 Million
July 25, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
American Indian College
Fund announced that the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative has awarded
for scholarships to 18 academically deserving Native students pursuing health or health-related degrees.
The scholarships were announced at the fifth annual Diverse Scholars Forum, which brings more than 60
scholarship recipients to
to celebrate the scholars and inspire them to work toward strengthening the nation's health care system. This year's event gives these future health care professionals the opportunity to meet and interact with members of Congress and leaders from a variety of health care fields.
Five scholarships will be awarded to
tribal college students attending Navajo Technical College; five scholarships will be awarded to
tribal college students attending
or Tohono O'odham Community College; four scholarships will be awarded to students attending
Northern Arizona University
Arizona State University
Grand Canyon University
, or the
University of Arizona
; and four scholarships will be awarded to students attending
San Juan College
University of New Mexico-Albuquerque
Western New Mexico University
According to the American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of multicultural health professionals is disproportionately low when compared to the overall population. For example, while about 15 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic/Latino, only 5 percent of physicians and 4 percent of registered nurses are Hispanic/Latino. About 12 percent of the population is African American, yet only 6 percent of physicians and 5 percent of registered nurses are African American.