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ChristianaCare donates $500K for HBCU health care scholarships

ChristianaCare, the state’s largest hospital system, has created 10 full-term scholarships for Delaware students attending HBCU for a healthcare career. | Image courtesy of CHRISTIANACARE

Wilmington – To strengthen and diversify the healthcare workforce for years to come, ChristianaCare will provide $500,000 scholarships to ten students in Delaware who plan to pursue degrees in healthcare.

Administered through the HBCU Week Foundation, each scholarship will provide $12,500 per year in financial support over four years and include a paid internship at ChristianaCare.

Dr. Janice Nevin, CEO of Christiana Care | Image courtesy of 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,” ChristianaCare President and CEO Dr. Janice Nevin said in a statement announcing the scholarships. “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,” Bettina Twerdi Riveros, Senior Health Equity Officer and Vice President for Governmental Affairs and Community Engagement at ChristianaCare, said in a statement. “These scholarships will enhance our professional pipeline and ensure that our caregivers reflect the communities we serve.”

Prospective students can learn how to apply for the scholarship online at https://www.hbcuweek.org/christianacare-scholarship/.

Applicants must:

  • 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.

The winners will be announced this spring. Students can choose from nearly twenty majors eligible for the scholarship, including biology, chemistry, nursing, and health information technology.

“This partnership is special for me, as it prepares students for future careers and addresses the lack of diversity in the medical field,” Ashley Christopher, founder and CEO of HBCU Week Foundation and alumnus of HBCU, said in a statement. “Through this partnership, we are making a concerted effort to achieve true diversity in medicine and I could not be more proud of this commitment than ChristianaCare.”

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 Nevin’s leadership, 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 magazine, as well as the #1 employer for diversity and inclusion in the state of Delaware and the #14 health system nationwide by Forbes.


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