Pay it Forward

Health career scholarships offered to students of color

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Mission Health is accepting applications for the Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship to support high school and college students of color from Western North Carolina who are pursuing careers in healthcare. 

For more than 25 years, Mission Health has been awarding the Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship, with more than $1 million already provided. The scholarship is named in honor of Kesha Young, a 22-year-old, bi-racial woman who was born with mental and physical disabilities and underwent multiple surgeries at Mission Hospital. She died just months before she was scheduled to earn her high school diploma. Despite her health struggles, Kesha was described by her adoptive parents as embodying the characteristics that are vital to how healthcare team members engage with patients and families, with a strong spirit, warm smile, and positive encouragement.

The completed application must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Apply at