Thursday, March 15, 2018

Apply for the 2018-19 Community Health Initiative undergrad scholarships by Monday, April 2

The Community Health Initiative Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development with funding from Medica, will award up to 15 scholarships to undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-related career and who show academic promise and financial need.
Apply by April 2!

The Community Health Initiative (CHI) Undergraduate Scholarship, sponsored by the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) with funding from Medica, will award up to 15 scholarships to undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-related career and who show academic promise and financial need.

Scholarship recipients also are expected to participate in CHI programming and events.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:
  • Be a full-time (13 credits or more) enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus pursuing (or on track to pursue) a health-related career such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, or social work.
  • Have second-year status (30 credits or more) or higher.
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents from a population that is underrepresented or underserved in the health professions and/or have past work/community experiences that demonstrate a commitment to addressing health disparities in underrepresented or underserved populations.
  • Submit all requested application documents (see below) including an essay of no more than 500 words about your motivations for pursuing a health care career and plans for using your health-related degree to positively impact underrepresented or underserved populations.
  • Have a completed FAFSA on file and show financial need.
Applications are available online. Please review the instructions below to ensure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All parts of your application (including recommendation letters) must be received by Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m., CDT.

Application Process

The CHI Undergraduate Scholarship Selection Committee will select recipients based on several factors including these eligibility criteria:
  • Complete the online application form. This is also the form you will use to submit your personal essay. Faxed or emailed copies of this form will not be accepted. You must be logged into your UMN email account in the same browser to access the form.
  • Submit your 2018-19 *Student Aid Report (SAR) via email to pedwards@umn.edu. Please label your document: “CHI 2018--First and last name--SAR” and put the same in the email subject line.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation. Please ask your letter writers to send completed recommendations directly to pedwards@umn.edu. The email should include the subject line "2018 CHI Undergraduate Recommendation for (your name)" and they should address the letter to "CHI Undergraduate Selection Committee." Recommendation letter writers should address:
    • How long has the writer known the applicant and in what capacity? 
    • What has the applicant done to learn more about or address health disparities in underrepresented or underserved communities? 
    • What are strengths and areas of improvement for the applicant? 
    • For students who have received the CHI Undergraduate Scholarship in the past: What progress has the applicant made towards working on health disparities for underrepresented or underserved populations?
Other factors in the selection process include the completed application and quality of the personal statement, letters of recommendation, financial need, and GPA. Preference will be given to applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. If needed, finalist interviews will be scheduled for April or May. Final decisions are expected by early August 2018.

Apply online. 

The application deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018.

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