ChristianaCare Announces $500,000 Scholarships for Students Pursuing Health Fields, in Partnership with HBCU Week Foundation
To strengthen and diversify the healthcare workforce for years to come, ChristianaCare will provide $500,000 in scholarships to 10 students in Delaware who plan to pursue degrees in healthcare. Administered through the HBCU Week Foundation, each scholarship will provide $12,500 annually in financial support over four years and include a paid internship at ChristianaCare.
“At ChristianaCare, we recognize that we are best able to provide high-quality, equitable, and safe care to all when our workforce reflects the rich diversity of the communities we serve,” said ChristianaCare President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, MD, MPH. “We are proud to partner with the HBCU Week Foundation on this exciting initiative that will create new opportunities for young people in our community to pursue careers in healthcare – and potentially join us as partners who are experts and interested in the health of our neighbors.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity to invest in young people in our community as future healthcare leaders,” said Bettina Twerdi Riveros, Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Community Engagement at ChristianaCare. These scholarships will enhance our professional pipeline and ensure that caregivers reflect the communities we serve. We look forward to working with the HBCU Week Foundation in supporting scholarship award recipients. “
Prospective students can learn how to apply for the scholarship online at https://www.hbcuweek.org/christianacare-scholarship/.
- Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.
- Have completed or have completed high school with a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) and have entered their freshman year of college.
- Attending a historically black college or university (HBCU) for their entire undergraduate education.
- Proof of financial need.
- Be a Delaware resident.
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2022.
Winners will be announced during Spring 2022. Students can choose from approximately twenty scholarship-eligible majors, including biology, chemistry, nursing, and health information technology.
Ashley Christopher, Esq., founder and CEO of the HBCU Week Foundation and an alumnus of both Howard University and District of Columbia University, David A. Clark Law. “Through this partnership, we are making a concerted effort to bring true diversity in medicine and I could not be more proud of this commitment than ChristianaCare.”
The scholarships represent ChristianaCare’s innovative approach to improving health equity, community health, inclusion, and diversity. In the past two years, ChristianaCare has been involved in a variety of efforts aimed at promoting inclusion and diversity within the organization and improving health equity in the community. In 2020, ChristianaCare publicly pledged to be an anti-racism organization. Under the leadership of Dr. Nevin, ChristianaCare is one of the first organizations in Delaware to sign the CEO Pledge to Action for Diversity and Inclusion, a commitment to take specific actions to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
ChristianaCare has also launched the LeadershipDNA Program, a leadership development program that promotes the professional and career development of diverse and underrepresented populations within the organization.
In addition, ChristianaCare has developed a vibrant Employee Resource Groups program that currently supports 10 employee resource groups, connecting caregivers who have a common interest or bond with one another. Formed by employees across all demographics—such as disability, gender, race, military status, national origin, sexual orientation, etc.—these volunteer grassroots groups work to improve inclusion and diversity in ChristianaCare. Over 1,000 ChristianaCare caregivers participate in employee resource groups.
For its efforts, ChristianaCare has been named one of the Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes, as well as the #1 Employer for Diversity and Inclusion in Delaware and the 14th Health System Nationwide by Forbes.