Dacula Student Wins United Health Foundation Scholarship
Dacula resident and Georgia State University student Brandi Turner was recently awarded a scholarship from the United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative.
Turner, who is pursuing a career in nursing, hopes to makes a difference as a member of the future healthcare workforce.
“I hope to make a difference by teaching my patients to be their own advocates. I want patients to understand that they are not a victim of their health. They have the power to change and live their lives how they imagine them to be,” Turner said in a released statement.
According to a press release, United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative, through its partner organizations, will award more than $1.2 million in scholarships this year to more than 200 students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds.
“We know patients do best when they are treated by people who understand their language and culture,” said Kate Rubin, president, United Health Foundation, in a released statement. “United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to help support these outstanding students who are demonstrating impressive purpose and passion and who will help lead the way to better health access and outcomes.”
New research released by the United Health Foundation shows minority students pursuing health careers are motivated by a desire to serve their community more so than by potential financial rewards. Forty-six percent of minority scholars cited having a positive impact on people’s lives as their top reason for pursuing a health career. (See the pdf for more survey results).