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Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund Gives the Green Light to Minority Women in Healthcare Fields

 Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund

Since 2010, minority women pursuing degrees and careers in the healthcare field have received a big green light from the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship grant. The education grant comes from the generosity of Macy's and the American Heart Association. Eligible women have until December 31, 2014 to apply for the scholarship.

Supporting minority women in medical school

The purpose of the scholarship is to increase the number of minority women pursuing careers in health fields. Minority women include African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), they represent just 6 percent of today's physicians. The scholarship was created to help increase those numbers.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the scholarship, women must be of Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or other minority origin. A grade point average of 3.0 or above is required. They must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college, university or allied health institution. In addition to an application, school transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a cover letter are required.

A total of sixteen $2,500 tuition-focused scholarships will be awarded to minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields. In addition to being underrepresented in the medical field, minority women also have a higher risk of heart disease. According to American Heart Association chief science officer Rose Marie Robertson, “Sex, race and ethnicity and age play an important role in how heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease affect us.”

The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship hopes to encourage more minority women to take a strong interest in helping other minorities by pursuing a healthcare field career.

Find out how and where to apply at