The CIGNA Foundation supports scholarships through the Tribal Scholars Healthcare Program for American Indian students studying at select tribal colleges and universities and mainstream institutions.
Native students who are juniors or seniors studying pre-medicine or pharmaceutical, nursing, dentistry, or health technology at schools in Arizona, Colorado, Washington, or California are eligible. In addition, tribal college students studying social and behavioral science, public health, social science, chemical dependency, medical office mid-management, medical assistant studies, pre-health information management, pre-nursing, medical transcriptionist, or nursing at tribal colleges in Arizona, Washington, or Wisconsin are also eligible.
Sherrita is a third-year honors student studying radiology at Oglala Lakota College. Sherrita maintained a 4.0 grade point average her first three years of school and was one of 12 students awarded a scholarship for the summer at the University of North Dakota, where she assisted in research on anxiety, depression, learning, and memory for ten weeks. Sherrita is involved in extra-curricular activities in addition to her studies, and serves as the president of her school’s chapter of American Indian Business Leaders, is a member of the Student Organization in the College Center, and helps prepare meals for her church on weekends.
Sherrita was inspired to study radiology after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She watched as her mother underwent treatment to maintain her health and fight the disease, and says thanks to radiology technology, doctors were able to detect it early enough so that her mother could undergo treatment. Sherrita’s long-term goals are to graduate with an associate’s degree in the radiologic technology fields, and then pursue an associate’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography. After that she says she plans to explore her options, as “the sky’s the limit and I want to be able to provide the quantity and quality of health services which will permit the health status of my people to be raised to the highest level….with my career and your help, I will be able to learn and succeed by harnessing the power of knowledge and by bringing about positive changes within my own life and the lives of other people as well. My education is proof that anything is possible, and will open doors with more opportunities for Native American students.”