Macy’s and the American Heart Association are continuing their concerted efforts to increase the number of minority women in medical schools through the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund. For the fourth consecutive year, the partners are offering sixteen $2,500 tuition-focused scholarships for minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields. The deadline to apply for 2015 scholarships is Dec. 31, 2014.
Studies show that patients who receive culturally-sensitive care from doctors of the same background are more satisfied and engaged in their treatment.
Yet, while African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans comprise more than 26 percent of the U.S. population, they represent just 6 percent of practicing physicians, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Additionally, of the 17,364 medical school graduates in 2011, 659 were Hispanic women (3.8 percent); 719 were black women (4.1 percent); and 1,918 where Asian women (11 percent).
Breaking cultural and language barriers are crucial because African-Americans, Hispanics and other ethnic groups are at higher risk for heart disease and experience worse health outcomes than Caucasians. Earlier this year, American Heart Association chief science officer Rose Marie Robertson told a Food and Drug Administration panel that studies of drugs and medical devices don’t always report what effects these treatments may have on women and minorities.
“Sex, race and ethnicity and age play an important role in how heart disease, stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease affect us,” Robertson said. “These same factors can cause prescription drugs and medical devices to work differently in women and men, minorities and older people. Yet despite this understanding, women, minorities and the elderly continue to be underrepresented in medical research studies.”
The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund awards scholarships each year in March and registration is open from April until December. You may find more information on our Frequently Asked Questions document.
Read about our 2014 recipients to see how the scholarship is making a difference in education and career plans.
Here’s how you can apply:
Step 1: Check the qualifications
- Be a female of Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or other minority origin
- Be a citizen/permanent resident of the continental United States, including Hawaii and Alaska
- Be currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or allied health institution in the U.S. and plan to be enrolled in the Fall of 2015
- Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Complete an essay and submit two letters of recommendation with the application
Step 2: Apply online
You’ll be asked to:
- Create a login
- Fill out the application form
Step 3: Finalize and upload documents
You’ll need to provide:
- A Community Involvement description
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- A Personal Essay
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For questions, contact us at GoRedScholarship@heart.org.