In an effort to curb the looming "doc shortage," on May 16th, Kaiser Permanente awarded $514,000 to graduating high school and college seniors through its Health Care Career Scholarship program. The program is now in its 7th year and awarded scholarships to 164 students in Kaiser Permanente's Northwest service area (Oregon and Southwest Washington).
More than 650 high school students applied for scholarships this year. Scholarships were awarded to 141 high school seniors and 23 college students.Traditionally, Kaiser awarded $2,000 scholarships, but increased funding this year to $2,000, $5,000, and $10,000.
The scholarships are generally aimed at assisting diverse and economically disadvantaged students in finding a path to college and health care professions. Students may apply if they are attending school in Kaiser Permanente's Northwest service area, working toward a career in dental/medical health, enrolling full-time at an accredited college/university, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
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