The Dallas-based American Heart Association has teamed up with Macy’s for a second year to offer 16 $2,500 national scholarships to minority students through the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund.
The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that just 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates in 2010. Additionally, research has shown that many ethnic groups experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts, due in part to minorities’ underrepresentation in medicine.
The AHA hopes these scholarships will combat the high level of underrepresented minorities in medicine and decrease treatment gaps that can often lead to health disparities in minorities, including cardiovascular disease.
“The recruitment of talented diverse young women into the healthcare field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally sensitive patient-centered care. In these challenging economic times, the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help ensure the continued success of a diverse group of young women in their healthcare education journey,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, Go Red For Women spokesperson.
The deadline for entry is November 20, 2012.