CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern Program

The application deadline for undergraduate students has been EXTENDED! Applications are due on by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 12, 2017. Click here to apply! Applications for Community College and Graduate students have been closed. Finalists will be notified by the end of June.

The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers receive scholarship funds as well as hands-on experience through a paid internship at a community-based health organization. The program creates a unique opportunity for financially needy students to take on what would otherwise be an unpaid internship and exposes them to the health care needs of underserved communities, all while receiving financial support for their education.


CHCI-United Health Foundation scholarships provide recipients with a scholarship of:

  • $2,500 per year to pursue an associate's degree for one year
  • $5,000 per year to pursue an undergraduate degree for up to three years
  • $5,000 per year to pursue a graduate degree (masters or doctorate) for up to two years

Scholarship awards are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Students continue to receive disbursements each semester as long as they maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing. CHCI manages the disbursement of the scholarships; checks are sent directly to recipients after they submit required documentation each semester.

Please note, students must maintain a major related to the pursuit of a primary health care career. Students who switch majors will no longer be eligible to receive the scholarship.


During the first year of their scholarship, scholar-interns must complete a paid internship experience. Students are required to secure their own placement at a local community-based health organization. Upon completion of 80 hours of internship work, scholars receive a $1,000 stipend in addition to their scholarship. Click here for more information about the internship requirements.

Additional Benefits

CHCI-UHF Scholar-Interns are part of the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative, which seeks to improve the health care system by increasing the number of professionals from multicultural backgrounds. With the support of the United Health Foundation and other organizations that participate in the Diverse Scholars Initiative, CHCI-UHF Scholar-Interns will have access to:

  • The Diverse Scholars Forum. Every summer, the United Health Foundation hosts this all-expenses paid forum that gives participants an opportunity to learn more about health care policy from a range of policymakers and thought leaders in the health care field in Washington, D.C.
  • CHCI's Congressional Internship Program. One space in CHCI's summer and fall internship cohorts is reserved for current CHCI-UHF Scholar-Interns that are pursuing a bachelor's degree (including community college scholars preparing to transfer to a baccalaureate program)
  • Professional Development Opportunities. CHCI, United Health Foundation, and other organizations that are part of the Diverse Scholars Initiative offer programming throughout the year including webinars, livestream events, and more.

Eligibility Criteria

Selection as a CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar-Intern program is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program in the United States or Puerto Rico during the 2017-18 academic year.
    • High school seniors are NOT eligible to apply; you must already be enrolled in a postsecondary degree program at the time of application.
    • Undergraduate students who will graduate before before May 2019 are not eligible to apply
    • Any current or prospective graduate/professional student is eligible to apply as long as they will not graduate before May 2019
  • Pursuit of academic degrees that will lead to careers as primary care health professionals. For purposes of this scholarship, primary care health professionals are defined as general practitioners, internists, family practitioners, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, dentists, public health professionals, mental health professionals, nurses (including advanced practice nurses, and nurse practitioners), physician assistants, and pharmacists.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.
  • NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application

Application Check List:

  1. Application Profile
  2. One Letter of Recommendation
  3. Completed Scholarship Application:
    • Two essay questions (Suggested Length: 300 words minimum; 600 words maximum)
    • Resume (1-2 pages)
    • Complete copy of 2016-2017 Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number clearly shown
  4. Legal Agreement

The application deadline for undergraduate students has been EXTENDED! Applications are due on by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 12, 2017. Click here to apply!