Minority undergraduate students pursuing health care careers can apply for the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship until March 16
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Power of We scholarship through March 16, 2018.
Established in 2012, the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship program aims to build a more inclusive health care workforce in Tennessee and ultimately help reduce health disparities in the state. Minority students with strong academic records and community service experience are encouraged to apply.
The scholarships are presented in partnership with the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and recognize achievements in academics, community service and leadership.
“These scholarships provide a much-needed resource for minority students who may not have had the same opportunities as others,” said Ron Harris, vice president of diversity and inclusion for BlueCross. “This financial assistance will help deserving students achieve their dreams while increasing diversity in the health care field.”
According to BlueCross research on health care reform and its impacts on minority populations in Tennessee, African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, as well as other Pacific Islanders, remain underrepresented in medicine relative to their numbers in the U.S. population and populations in specific states, regions and localities.
For more information about the BlueCross Power of We Scholarship, including the application, please visit the page on www.bettertennessee.com.
About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. was established in December 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. The foundation awards grants focused on high-impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. Working with civic and economic partners, the foundation is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.
The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE)
NAHSE is a non-profit association of Black health care executives founded in 1968 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of Black health care leaders, and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. Since its inception, NAHSE has sponsored and participated in local and national programs and projects designed to improve quality, access and availability to health services and to expand educational opportunities in the field of Health Services Administration.
NAHSE’s purpose is to ensure greater participation of minority groups in the health field. Its basic objective is to develop and maintain a strong viable national body to more effectively have input in the national health care delivery system. It has provided a vehicle for Blacks to effectively participate in the design, direction and delivery of quality health care to all people.