Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has given $300,000 to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish an endowed fund at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) for rural healthcare students.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska UNK Health Sciences Scholarships will be awarded to about eight students a year in its first three years.
“The investment not only in high school graduates from greater Nebraska, but prioritizing those who want to serve rural communities, particularly piqued our interest in this endowed scholarship program. Efforts like these to keep the talents of promising youth within our state have a ripple effect well beyond healthcare,” Steve Martin, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska said.
The gift compliments the new UNK Science Education Complex. The facility is now home to the health care programs offered by both UNK and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
“The leadership from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska in establishing this generous scholarship fund continues the company’s longtime support of the university and will help many future generations of students who wish to make a difference through rural health care,” UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen said. “Preparing a quality health care workforce for our state is essential for improving the quality of life for so many Nebraskans, and we’re grateful for this support of our students.”
Candidates for the scholarship must be pursuing a bachelor of science degree or be in a pre-professional health care program within the Department of Health Sciences in UNK’s College of Natural and Social Sciences, the College of Nursing or College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Kearney division.