Hawaii high school graduates who want to pursue a career in healthcare can get help from Kaiser Permanente to further their education.
According to a press release, the Kaiser Health Equity Scholarship Program offers $2,500 scholarships to help young leaders achieve their dreams of going to college and entering the an area of health. Interested students can apply until March 1st.
Scholarship recipients will be announced in June and awards will be distributed in the fall.
According to a 2021 nursing education study, three of Hawai’i’s five counties – Kaua’i, Maui and Hawai’i – are among the top 15 counties in the nation with the highest nursing worker shortages. primary health.
“Opportunities that encourage students to pursue careers in healthcare will help break down barriers that might otherwise discourage students from clinical professions,” the press release reads.
Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited, public or nonprofit, four-year university or community college for the 2022-2023 academic year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a clinical (doctor, pharmacist, practitioner, nurse) or non-clinical (accounting, business administration, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, policy) career. public) in the health care industry.
Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need and/or from underrepresented communities.
For the 2021-2022 school year, scholarships have been awarded to 20 students from across Hawai’i.
The press release says 80% of alumni are Native Hawaiian students and 75% of recipients are the first generation in their family to attend college.
To learn more about the Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Scholarship Program and to apply, click here.