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Applications are due Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Apply today!

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:

  • $7,000 per year to pursue an undergraduate degree for up to three years
  • $7,000 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 financial aid offices after scholars 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.

The CHCI Scholar-Intern Programs are designed to allow students to not only receive monetary support for their education, but also gain hands-on experience in their chosen field through an internship. In partnership with the United Health Foundation, CHCI-UHF Scholar Interns receive both a scholarship and the opportunity to complete a paid 80-hour internship in a local community-based health organization of their choosing.

Individuals selected for this program will be required to reach out to local community-based health organizations to secure their own placement; CHCI will follow-up with scholar-interns and their internship supervisors to establish an official agreement. CHCI awards an additional $1,000 stipend to scholar-interns upon completion of 80 hours of work. Through this program, recipients are able to receive funding while completing what would have otherwise been a volunteer internship.

Scholar-Interns complete their internships in their respective communities and are responsible for finding their own placement; CHCI provides assistance with this process. Below are examples of qualifying community-based health organizations around the nation:

The 80 internship hours can be spread out however you desire. You can work with your placement supervisor to create a schedule that works for both of you as long as your placement is completed by August 1, 2020. Sample work schedules include:

  • Work one full eight-hour day per week for 10 weeks
  • Work 10 hours a week part-time for 8 weeks
  • Work full time over winter break (40 hours per week) for two weeks

Please Note: If selected, you MUST complete the paid internship in order to receive the scholarship. Upon completion of 80 internship hours, individuals receive a $1,000 stipend in addition to their scholarship award.

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)

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 four-year university, or graduate/professional program in the United States or Puerto Rico during the 2019-20 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 May 2021 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 2021
  • 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 2018-2019 Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number clearly shown
  4. Legal Agreement