Washington, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 7, 2007–CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Hispanic College Fund to increase the number of Hispanic students entering the health care profession and to recognize the 2007 class of scholarship recipients at the 14th annual Scholarship Awards Gala on October 26, 2007.
“The Hispanic College Fund firmly believes that education is the key to a strong economic future for individuals and for the communities of America. By providing scholarships to Hispanic youth interested in health-related fields CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is assuring enough Hispanic health care students in the pipeline to meet the health care needs of an aging and increasingly diverse population,” said Idalia P. Fernandez, Vice President & COO of the Hispanic College Fund.
“The Hispanic College Fund provides great opportunities for Hispanic youth in our service area. CareFirst is proud to contribute to the education of Hispanic youth seeking careers in health care. We look forward to watching them flourish in the field,” said Gregory A. Devou, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
The scholarship program will support students enrolled in a health care major. In order to participate in the CareFirst Scholars Program, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students will be selected based on financial need and merit and must be pursuing a degree in health care.
In 2006, the Hispanic College Fund awarded more than 633 scholarships worth $2.4 million and recognized 35 Hispanic scholarship recipients at its 13th annual scholarship awards gala in October. The selected recipients were from Robstown, Texas to Stamford, Connecticut and the surrounding Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. The scholars were treated to an intensive Washington, D.C. experience starting on Wednesday and continuing through Sunday. Students participated in a White House briefing, World Bank luncheon, Capitol Hill briefing, workshops, mentor connections as well as career and corporate overviews.
The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals in America. The Hispanic College Fund’s mission is to provide Hispanic students with the vision, resources, and mentorship needed to attain successful careers and become community leaders. Since its founding in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund has supported the education of more than 3,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $8 million in grants. Through programs like the Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program, Hispanic Youth Symposium, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), HCF Connections and the HYP Leadership & Development Program, the Hispanic College Fund is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders.
For more information, visit: http://www.hispanicfund.org or call 1-800-644-4223.