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Featured Partner Scholarships: October 2022

By Scholarship America

The school year is in full swing, and scholarship season is heating up! This month, we’re featuring programs from Scholarship America partners including Ancestry, the United Health Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense. If you’re a medical professional looking to boost your skills; a STEM student who could use a guaranteed job at graduation; or a maker of history, we’ve got the scholarships for you.

United Health Foundation Diverse Clinician Advancement Scholarship 

To address the critical need for a more diverse, relevant and culturally competent clinical workforce, the United Health Foundation has established the Diverse Clinician Advancement Scholarship. This new program will provide 325 awards of up to $3,200 to students from historically underrepresented populations who are seeking to advance their clinical skills. 

The United Health Foundation Diverse Clinician Advancement Scholarship is open to current or former health professionals who are pursuing upskilled certifications or degrees. We invite applications from clinical professionals including, for example: 

  • CNA to LPN 
  • Nurse Practitioner seeking a psychiatric-mental health certification 
  • Doula seeking a nursing degree  
  • Social worker seeking a master’s of social work 
  • Dental assistant to dental hygienist 
  • Other upskilling clinical pathways 

 (Note: Physicians who are seeking additional certifications or degrees are not eligible.)  

You must currently hold an active license/certificate to practice in a clinical health career, and be planning to enroll in full-time or part-time study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational-technical or graduate school, starting in January 2023.  

The United Health Foundation Diverse Clinician Advancement Scholarship is open specifically for students from historically underrepresented communities, including those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.  

“Today, there are far too many barriers to good health that are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups, and those with lower incomes,” UnitedHealth Group Chief Sustainability Officer Patricia L. Lewis said. “We are committed to leading the way, along with our partner organizations, in deploying tools, talent and resources to actively break down barriers, broaden access to care and make it easier for people to live healthier.” 

Applications are open through October 31. Apply Now > 

Ancestry’s HistoryMakers Scholarship  

Since their founding as a publishing company nearly 40 years ago, Ancestry has become the global leader in family history—and they are committed to supporting the next generation of history makers. Ancestry’s HistoryMakers Scholarship is now open, providing $2,500 awards to students at eligible universities. 

If you’re attending Bowie State University (MD), the University of Arizona, Florida International University or Hampton University (VA), you may be eligible to apply. You must also self-identify as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).  

HistoryMakers Scholarships are available to students planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study in the spring term, in one of nine eligible fields: Computer Science, Data Science, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Statistics, Life Sciences, Marketing, Finance or Business. 

In addition to the monetary award, HistoryMakers Scholarship recipients may be offered internship opportunities with Ancestry while completing your degree or after graduation. If you’re hoping to make history, Ancestry’s HistoryMakers Scholarship can help you take the next step! 

Applications are open through November 3. Apply Now > 

SMART Scholarship-for-Service

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a way of connecting talented, innovative scientists, engineers and researchers with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) workforce.  

SMART provides students with the tools needed to pursue higher education and begin a career with the DoD. With a full scholarship, students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees can focus on complex research to further the DoD’s mission and create lasting impact. SMART is a one-for-one commitment; for every year of degree funding, the scholar commits to working for a year with the DoD as a civilian employee.   

SMART scholar  KeeAnia Kinkacha, a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, says, “My favorite part of my internship was the environment my manager and mentor fostered for me. They believed in me.” During her internship, KeeAnia assisted the Army in transferring their mainframes to a cloud base system.  

In addition to the internships, SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, health insurance, and book allowance while pursuing their degree. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring DoD facility. The internships and work experience allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM. Not only do scholars pursue their passion in their respective field during their educational phase, but they begin a journey towards an empowering career. 

SMART awards over 400 scholarships annually to top STEM students across the nation. Since inception, SMART has awarded over 4,200 scholarships with 91% of scholars completing their DoD service commitment. If you’re interested in becoming a SMART scholar, and you are pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. in one of 21 eligible STEM fields, you can apply before December 1 at https://www.smartscholarship.org

Applications are open until December 1. Apply Now >