Ten Hawaiian Health Scholarships awarded for 2015-2016
The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program, a program of Papa Ola Lōkahi, is proud to announce ten scholarships awarded to students in health care professions.
Professional training being funded in this year’s cohort includes students in medicine, optometry, nursing, dental hygiene, physician’s assistance, psychology and pharmacy. Scholars are enrolled in associates, bachelors, masters and doctorate programs.
“This cohort includes a good cross-section of disciplines,” points out M. Keaulana Holt, NHHSP director, “which enables us to contribute to several different professional gaps in Hawai‘i.”
The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program (NHHSP) addresses access to health care by developing a Native Hawaiian health care workforce of professionals committed to serving the unique health needs of Hawaiian communities. The program recruits and nurtures professionals-in-training for primary and mental care disciplines most needed to deliver quality, culturally competent health services to Kānaka Maoli in Hawai‘i.
This merit-based program awards scholarships to eligible individuals that are dedicated to providing primary health services to Native Hawaiians and their families in Hawai‘i. Scholars receive funding for tuition, books, other related educational costs, and a monthly stipend while enrolled full-time in an accredited university/college program. Scholarship recipients are obligated to serve full-time in medically under-served areas in Hawai‘i for two (minimum) to four (maximum) years, depending upon the length of scholarship support. A coordinated service plan (licensure, service site) is designed for each scholar, matching health provider to community.
More than 240 scholarship awards have been made in almost 20 different health and mental health disciplines.