Baton Rouge, La. - Yesterday, Healthy Blue Louisiana donated $50,000 to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) Foundation to provide scholarships for students enrolled in Health Sciences programs. The scholarship awards will be in the amounts of $250 for part-time students and $500 for full-time students.
Aaron Lambert, president, Healthy Blue, said, "As our population ages and the need for health care services continues to rise, we are proud to begin this new scholarship partnership with LCTCS. By partnering with LCTCS, we can help ensure that students have the support they need to successfully complete their studies and fill much-needed healthcare jobs in Louisiana."
To receive the scholarship, students must submit a 500 word essay and be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours, in a Health Science Program at a LCTCS college, and be at least 16 years of age.
In addition to LCTCS students who meet the minimum requirements, students from the Carville Job Corps, in Carville, Louisiana can also apply for the scholarship. Their eligibility is the result of a new partnership with Baton
Rouge Community College's (BRCC) Workforce Development Division. BRCC has partnered with Job Corps to create a customized Medical Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant program exclusively for Job Corps students. The Medical Assistant program requires 140 contact hours and the Certified Nursing Assistant program requires 120 contact hours. At the conclusion of the training program, Job Corps students will earn an Industry Based Certification, with the option to return to any LCTCS college and earn additional credentials, which will improve their marketability and career earnings.
The scholarship program is intended to assist students purchase the required textbooks, uniforms, other supplies needed to study in a Health Science program. As well as help remove financial barriers so students can focus on reaching their educational and career goals.
"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Healthy Blue Louisiana and Job Corps," said LCTCS President Monty Sullivan. "More important, we understand the barriers to completion that some of our students face, and this scholarship may be the difference between someone graduating or not. The scholarship will greatly benefit our students as they work to complete their programs of study. I look forward to continuing to build a robust and mutually beneficially partnership with Healthy Blue Louisiana."