With nearly a 70-year partnership, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Mt. Vernon and the NAACP of Jefferson County, we will continue our efforts to promote equality for African American individuals in the community with a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a student from a diverse background that plans to complete a degree in a health care related field.
Our organizations lengthy relationship coupled with the projected shortfall of individuals to fill future health care jobs led to the creation of this scholarship in 2011; the first recipient was awarded on Martin Luther King Day, 2012. According to a recent study by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration a national shortage of more than 1 million nurses and approximately 55,000 physicians is project by 2020.
“Both SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and the NAACP of Jefferson County believe that diversity creates stronger communities and organizations,” explained Cleo Holt, a NAACP Education Committee member, “together we are furthering this relationship and building a partnership to increase community awareness regarding careers in the health care field”.
Individuals from Jefferson County who are currently enrolled in a health care related degree program or plan to begin their degree in a health care related program in the fall of 2016 are eligible to apply for the scholarship by completing a Scholarship Program Application available
or by picking them up at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in the Human Resources office, Garden Level of the Medical Office Plaza.
The application due date is Thursday, December 31, 2015. Award recipient will be notified the week of January 11, 2016, and be recognized at the annual NAACP Martin Luther King dinner on Monday, January 18, 2016.
For more information regarding this scholarship or the application process call 618-899-1043.