April 01, 2005

PacifiCare Latino Health Scholars Program

At PacifiCare, we are a company that is dedicated to making people’s lives better. In this spirit, PacifiCare announced its scholarship program, Latino Health Scholars, in May 2003 to educate students about career opportunities for Hispanics, Latinos and other Spanish-speaking people in the health care field. The scholarships are funded by the PacifiCare Foundation.

There is a serious shortage of bilingual and bicultural health professionals in the United States. Specifically, the shortage of bilingual and bicultural Spanish-speaking personnel in nursing and other allied health professions, coupled with the growth of the Latino population in the United States, requires training and recruitment of an ever-greater number of bilingual and bicultural health professionals.

The PacifiCare Latino Health Scholars program will address this shortage by putting Spanish-speakers in the educational pipeline for health professions. The program is designed to increase the number of bilingual students who choose to work in the health care professions.

This year, PacifiCare will grant 70 scholarships of $2000 each to high school seniors entering community college, university or an accredited technical college majoring in one of the approved health care programs.

In addition to the 70 $2,000 scholarships we will be awarding two $25,000 “Freedom Award” scholarships in honor of U.S. Marine Sgt.Rafael Peralta, who lost his life while saving the lives of 5 other soldiers in Iraq. These awards will go to the two most deserving bilingual and bicultural students dedicated to pursuing careers in health care.

For requirements and application process please visit their web site at: http://www.pacificare.com.

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