The healthcare industry continues to be one of the most attractive and fast-growing economic sectors all over the world, particularly in America. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, majority of the fast-growing occupations from 2012 to 2022 are health-related. In fact, the employment for the healthcare and social assistance industries is projected to increase by 29 percent in 2022.
The increasing older population, plus the rising number of unexpected accidents and serious ailments resulted in a significantly increased demand for healthcare workers. In the coming years, as more and more people become more aware about their health, the demand for them will continue to increase. This is the very reason why so many students aspire to become a part of the healthcare field.
However, with the rising cost of tuition fees, it becomes a challenge for students to fund their college in this field. Fortunately, there are now student grants and scholarships offered by different organizations that help students fund their education and finally work in the field that they want to enter, and here are some of those:
U.S. Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program
The HPSP is available for qualifying students pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, veterinary, science, psychology, dentistry, optometry, or psychiatric nursing. If you’re selected, the program will pay your tuition fees in full amount, plus the fees required for books, academics, and school equipment. You will also receive a monthly stipend of more than $2,000. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, maintain a full-time student status, qualify as a commissioned officer, and be enrolled in an accredited graduate program in the U.S.
Society of Public Health Education: Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship
The SOPHE Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship provides a support to two full-time graduate and undergraduate students taking a degree that is related in the health field. The rewards given to the two selected students amount to $1,500 each. To qualify, you must demonstrate your commitment to the pursuit of a degree in healthcare education, demonstrate academic excellence and financial need, as well as have a National SOPHE membership for at least 3 months.
Indian Health Service Scholarship Program
The IHS Scholarship Program is available for qualified American Indian and Alaskan native students pursuing a degree in healthcare. Selected applicants are eligible to receive a monthly stipend of no less than $1,500. This is in addition to the payment to the school covering the tuition and other academic fees. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, be a high school graduate or equivalent, have a minimum of at least 2.0 GPA, and intend to work in an Indian health community.
After College/American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The After College-AACN scholarship program provides financial support in the amount of $2,500 per quarter to deserving students pursuing a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing. To qualify, you must be enrolled at an AACN member institution and have a GPA of at least 3.25 or higher.
So there you have it! Indeed, taking a degree in healthcare field is exciting and rewarding. If you want to know more scholarship opportunities, you can search the internet or look at different universities’ websites. You can also check the Hopeful Hospitalist website for great tips and information regarding the healthcare industry and education.