Scholarship for minority women studying health care offered

In an effort to ease the financial burden on students and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Macy’s, its national sponsor, are offering the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund.

Sixteen $2,500 national scholarships are being offered to multicultural women pursuing higher education in health care.

Candidates must complete an application, personal essay, and submit two letters of recommendation. Online applications are available Sept. 10 through Nov. 30, 2012.

“The recruitment of talented diverse young women into the health care field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally sensitive patient-centered care. In these challenging economic times, the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help ensure the continued success of a diverse group of young women in their health care education journey,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for North Shore – LIJ Health System and American Heart Association Go Red For Women spokesperson.

Demand in health care continues to increase, but the number of multicultural women working in U.S. hospitals and medical schools is low — even as the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse.

“Macy’s investment in the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for multicultural women pursuing degrees in health care, helping them to achieve their education and career goals,” said Bill Hawthorne, Macy’s Senior Vice President of Diversity Strategies. “The fund reflects Macy’s long-standing commitment to diversity, a core principle within our company, and allows us to extend that commitment into the communities we serve.”

The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy’s Multicultural Fund. Macy’s has supported the scholarship fund regionally in New York since 1998. In 2011, Macy’s and The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women collaborated to offer the scholarship on a national scale. Macy’s is a national sponsor of Go Red For Women and has helped raise more than $29 million for the cause since 2004. For more information and to complete an application, visit GoRedForWomen.org/GoRedScholarship. (end)

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