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United Health Foundation Scholarships awarded to deserving students

8/8/2013, 11:20 a.m.
Scholarship winner Michelle Lewis. For more information about the Diverse Scholars Initiative visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/dsi.html.

Michelle Lewis of Richmond and Beverly Sanchez of Alexandria have each been awarded a scholarship from United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue a career in health care.

United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative, through its partner organizations, awarded $1.2 million in scholarships in the 2012-2013 school year to 200 students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds, with nearly $2 million in scholarships announced for 2013-2014. This is part of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to build a more diverse health care workforce.

By the end of 2013, United Health Foundation will have awarded $10 million in scholarships to diverse students pursing health careers.

“We know patients do best when they are treated by people who understand their language and culture,” said Kate Rubin, president, United Health Foundation. “United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support these outstanding students who are demonstrating impressive purpose and passion and who will help lead the way to better health access and outcomes.”