Summer Honors Scholarships available to students interested in exploring health careers

March 20 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Area high school students interested in health careers have a golden hands-on learning opportunity, thanks to a partnership between three Indiana State University departments and the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center.

Social Work, nursing and community health departments joined forces to develop a Heath Careers course for Indiana State’s Summer Honors program, July 20-26.

The course, which will be taught by Indiana State faculty members Robyn Lugar, Veda Gregory and Yasenka Peterson, will provide an overview of the health professions of nursing, community health, and social work.

“There will be an opportunity to learn through classroom and agency-based volunteer experiences at local health and social service agencies about the professionals that respond to complex human concerns,” Lugar said.

“Students will have the opportunity to be certified in CPR and First Aid and obtain Disaster Education Training,” she added.

This course is geared toward students interested in pursuing a health or mental health career, specifically in the areas of nursing, social work, community health, psychology, pre-med, pre-dentistry, and pre-pharmacy.

Up to 50 students could attend the class at no cost, Louise Anderson, interim director of the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, said.

A limited number of $300 summer honors scholarships are available for students enrolling in the Health Careers seminar. These scholarships, made possible through a grant from the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center, are open to eligible students in the following Indiana counties: Clay; Fountain; Greene; Montgomery; Owen; Parke; Putnam; Sullivan; Vermillion; Vigo; and Warren.

Anderson said priority will be given to students located in designated health professions shortage and medically underserved areas and enrolled in schools with a 30% or higher reduced/free lunch rate. To apply, download the scholarship form and teacher referral form found at http://www.indstate.edu/experience/health-careers-scholarship.pdf

Completed forms should be sent to Robyn Lugar, Chairperson, Department of Social Work, Indiana State University, Erickson Hall 533, Terre Haute, IN 47809 by June 20. Students also need to apply for the Summer Honors Program.

For assistance or further information, call Lugar at 812-237-3428 or the West Central Indiana Area Health Education office at 812-237-4365. More information about Indiana State’s Summer Honors program can be found at http://www.indstate.edu/experience/ .

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Contacts: Louise Anderson, West Central Indiana Area Health Center, (812) 237-4365
Robyn Lugar, department of Social Work, (812) 237-3428

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Area high school students interested in health careers have a golden hands-on learning opportunity, thanks to a partnership between three Indiana State University departments and the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center.

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