The region's largest health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has committed $125,000 to Howard Community College for 50 scholarships over the next five years.
The announcement came Friday, May 3, as CareFirst administrators and local officials gathered at the Columbia college's new health and sciences building for a check presentation ceremony.
"One of the most important issues on our state's agenda is the health and well-being of Maryland citizens," said HCC President Kate Hetherington. "The college is truly grateful to CareFirst for providing scholarship funds for students in the nursing and allied health fields with financial need. The funding that CareFirst is providing serves as an investment in our students, who are the future workforce of the community."
The scholarships will be for nursing and other allied health students at the college. According to a release from the college, the grant helps address the ongoing shortage of nurses, which could reach 260,000 vacancies nationwide by 2015.
The grant will fund 10 scholarships a year for low- and moderate-income students pursuing a degree in nursing, emergency medical training, radiologic and cardiovascular technology and other health care professions.