I am thrilled that over the next five years the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and our partners will award at least $475,000 every year in scholarships and internships. The new Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program was featured yesterday in testimony at a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee hearing on innovative business-education partnerships to help keep America competitive.
As one school superintendent told us, “this is going to change my kids lives.” It is a change that is long overdue. You can help by letting students know that they can call the Alliance at 1-866-783-2645 to get a science scholarship guide including information on our new scholarship program. In a time of financial difficulties for so many of our families it’s a bit of good news and who knows the student you help could become the next Hispanic Nobel Prize winner!
In related news, Education Week published a terrific feature story today by reporter Scott J. Cech about SciTech Summer Camp, developed by HENAAC and partners, aiming to get Hispanic high school students excited about the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through hands-on projects.