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June 10, 2010
Denver, Colorado – For the third year in a row, the United Health Foundation has given $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund (the Fund) to continue providing access to higher education for American Indian students who are committed to improving the health of their communities.
The United Health Foundation Tribal Scholars Program supports scholars at Arizona’s state universities and tribal colleges. Scholarship recipients must have a GPA of 3.0, be studying in a health-related field, have an interest in working in communities with need, and attend Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Tohono O’odham Community College, or Diné College.
“With these scholarships, United Health Foundation is helping to address health disparities and ensure that everyone has access to quality, culturally competent care,” said Jeannine Rivet, UnitedHealth Group executive vice president and interim executive director of United Health Foundation. “Partnering with a respected organization such as the American Indian College Fund to award these scholarships is an effective way to help foster a more diverse health care work force.”
“We are excited to be working with the United Health Foundation, which has such a passion for helping talented Native American students pursue careers in the healthcare field and to ultimately serve communities in need,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “We thank the Foundation for this generous donation and for its continued support of American Indian higher education.”
About the United Health Foundation
Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well being of communities. Since established by UnitedHealth Group [NYSE: UNH] in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed more than $176 million to improve health and health care. For more information, visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.