The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers receive scholarship funds as well as hands-on experience through a paid internship at a community-based health organization. The program creates a unique opportunity for financially needy students to take on what would otherwise be an unpaid internship and exposes them to the health care needs of underserved communities, all while receiving financial support for their education.
CHCI-United Health Foundation scholarships provide recipients with a scholarship of:
- $7,000 per year to pursue an undergraduate degree for up to three years
- $7,000 per year to pursue a graduate degree (masters or doctorate) for up to two years
Scholarship awards are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.
Students continue to receive disbursements each semester as long as they maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing. CHCI manages the disbursement of the scholarships; checks are sent directly to financial aid offices after scholars submit required documentation each semester.
Please note, students must maintain a major related to the pursuit of a primary health care career. Students who switch majors will no longer be eligible to receive the scholarship.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
- Full-time enrollment in an accredited four-year university, or graduate/professional program in the United States or Puerto Rico during the 2019-20 academic year.
- High school seniors are NOT eligible to apply; you must already be enrolled in a postsecondary degree program at the time of application.
- Undergraduate students who will graduate before May 2021 are not eligible to apply
- Any current or prospective graduate/professional student is eligible to apply as long as they will not graduate before May 2021
- Pursuit of academic degrees that will lead to careers as primary care health professionals. For purposes of this scholarship, primary care health professionals are defined as general practitioners, internists, family practitioners, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, dentists, public health professionals, mental health professionals, nurses (including advanced practice nurses, and nurse practitioners), physician assistants, and pharmacists.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Demonstrated financial need
- Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
- Strong writing skills
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
- NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application