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Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will award 10 scholarships to students who plan to enroll or are already enrolled in a degree program at a full-time undergraduate accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school during the 2013-14 academic year.  The Louis Stokes Health Scholars, sponsored by the UnitedHealth Foundation, program seeks to increase the number of qualified, yet underrepresented, college students entering the health workforce.  Preference will be given to students from underserved communities who demonstrate an interest to work in their own communities.  Students currently attending two-year institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Amount
Up to $8,000 for the 2013-14 academic year. CBCF will disburse up to $4,000 at the beginning of each semester, contingent on maintaining the minimum academic requirements.  All scholarships are to be used to cover all education-related expenses.

Eligibility
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents who have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school.  The anticipated degree must be in a subject that will lead to a career in a health field.  The ideal candidate is a student at a two-year institution who plans to complete a four-year degree and seek work in an underserved community.  Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate financial need.  Employees or immediate family members of UnitedHealth Group and its affiliates, CBC Members, the CBC Foundation staff, the CBC Foundation Board of Directors or the CBC Foundation Corporate Advisory Council are not eligible.

Deadline
May 3, 2013

Application Materials
The completed online application must be submitted by close of business (5 p.m. EST) on May 3, 2013.  The additional required materials must be received by our office by the close of business (5 p.m. EST) on the deadline date. The following items will be requested through the online application:

1. A completed online application form
2. A personal statement essay from the student (500-1,000 words) that addresses all four (4) of the topics listed on the application in one cohesive essay.
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, volunteer organization). Recommender information (name and email address) is to be entered into the online application as requested. Please follow the instructions found in the application. Hard copy letters sent to the organization as well as letters sent to the scholarship email address will not be accepted.
4. An electronic copy of detailed Federal Student Aid Report (SAR); this report comes from the US Department of Education, not your institution. It is typically between 5 or 6 pages long. This should be uploaded to the online application as a PDF document.
5. A one (1) page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service and special skills.
6. A recent photograph suitable for publication; i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph.

*PLEASE NOTE: Our online application has two segments. The first is the general application which collects materials relevant for all of our programs. Once you have completed and submitted this portion, you will be brought to a section showing all opportunities for which you may be eligible. This second segment is where you can see and answer opportunity-specific questions for each scholarship/internship/etc., such as personal statements, additional references, artwork samples, essay questions, etc.

Additional Required Materials
All the above documents should be submitted through the online application. The following two documents are to be mailed to the organization. We must receive these documents before the deadline date:

1. Graduating high school seniors must provide proof of enrollment (such as an acceptance letter) into institution of study for 2013.
2. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended. Freshmen level students must also submit high school transcripts.

These two documents should be mailed to the following address:

CBCF Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Questions
Call (202) 263-2800 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. You can also visit our FAQ page.