What to give for a Tenth Anniversary? More HPSJ Health Careers Scholarships!
In 2018, we again partnered with seven local schools and programs for the 10th Anniversary HPSJ Health Careers Scholarships Program. We continue to invest in these future nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and tech workers. To date, 170 local students have been awarded this critical support.
Here, meet one of our extraordinary 2018 HPSJ Scholars, Danielle Parks.
Too often, Medi-Cal members are stigmatized. At times they – we – are judged as: “Working the system.” These prejudices are corrosive and spiral into more disadvantages.
For example: Those who lack health literacy won’t seek help. Their health declines. Then, they end up in an emergency room, where it may be too late. As a healthcare professional-in-the-making, it’s my goal to eradicate stigma, shed light on healthcare disparities, improve healthcare equity, and empower others who are low-income and need access to treatment in this diverse local community.Having won the 2018 national ACAP scholarship, I’m speaking to others who, like me, dream of completing their degree. I’ll let them know they’re not alone. I’ll tell them:
“I am the face of Medi-Cal, and I am your future nurse.”
The Health Careers Scholarship Program is open to local, graduating high school seniors and first year, full-time or full load (minimum 12 units) college students at a *participating school. Students applying for the scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to pursue a medical or healthcare career in the Central Valley, show academic excellence, as well as, a dedication to community service and a need for financial support.
Planning to become a medical or healthcare professional in the Central Valley? Fourteen students pursuing a medical or healthcare career will receive $3,000 as part of Health Plan of San Joaquin’s Health Careers Scholarship Program. Health Plan of San Joaquin provides a Mentorship Program to provide scholarship awardees with educational support and guidance from a knowledgeable professional. Participation in the Mentorship Program is mandatory for scholarship awardees.
Fourteen students pursuing a medical or healthcare career will receive $3,000 as part of Health Plan of San Joaquin’s Health Careers Scholarship Program.
San Joquin County
The Health Careers Scholarship Program is open to local, graduating high school seniors and first year, full-time (minimum 12 units) or full load college students at a *participating school.
In 2009, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) noticed the challenges in the Central Valley regarding: 1) provider capacity, 2) access to care and 3) a limited number of new clinicians coming into the region. In response to this disparity, HPSJ launched a Health Careers Scholarship Program to award $2,500 to graduating high school seniors who showed an interest in pursuing a higher education toward a medical career in the Central Valley.
The original concept for the Health Careers Scholarship Program was to increase the potential for regional students to return to the Central Valley area as practicing physicians. Coupled with this overarching objective were interests in promoting HPSJ’s community reinvestment and increasing HPSJ’s recognition among educators, policy makers and stakeholders. The Health Careers Scholarship Program allowed HPSJ to gain up-front recognition for funding scholarships that it had historically sponsored through other agencies such as, the Black Employees Association, LULAC and El Concilio, et al.
In 2010, launched its Continuing Education Scholarship Program, allowing prior awardees to apply for reduced funding in the amount of $1,000. This funding aided in offsetting some of the awardees’ continuing education costs.
In 2001 with HPSJ’s increasing engagement in Stanislaus County, which yielded a growing membership, the Health Careers Scholarship Program expanded in 2011 to provide scholarships to Stanislaus County students.
In 2015, HPSJ refined the Health Careers Scholarship Program and created partnerships with seven agencies with specialized education.
Working directly with specific partners, HPSJ’s Health Careers Scholarship Program applications were exclusively available to candidates attending or participating in one of the following schools:
San Joaquin County:
San Joaquin Delta College Nursing Program
Decision Medicine A Program Of The San Joaquin Medical Society
Health Careers Academy High School
University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
Grace Davis High School Health Careers Academy
Modesto Junior College Nursing Program
California State University, Stanislaus School of Nursing
In 2016, HPSJ expanded the scope of the Health Careers Scholarship Program and added a complementary Mentorship Program. Recipients of the Health Careers Scholarship Program are required to participate in the Mentorship Program. Click here to learn more. With the inception of the Health Careers Scholarship Program, HPSJ has distinguished itself as a noteworthy, champion for change in the eyes of the community. To date, over 170 scholarships have been awarded to deserving students in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties!
In 2019 the Health Careers Scholarship amount was increased from $2,500 to $3,000 per winner.
Frequently Asked Questions
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