I’m so honored and blessed to receive this award, for myself and my mother,” says Razzmin Lofton of New Orleans, La., a student at Xavier University of Louisiana. “As a single parent, she works countless hours to provide for me and my sister. My mom considers HCA Healthcare to be her second family. And who looks out for you more than family?”
HCA Healthcare Scholars Program awards are merit-based. While it’s not required, applicants may elect to provide financial information to demonstrate need for an award larger than the $2,000 minimum. Other selection criteria include academics, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and any unique personal or family circumstances. Awards are granted annually, but recipients can reapply each year they’re eligible.
For some recipients, the HCA Healthcare Scholars Program awards helped turn a distant dream into reality.
“I never expected to graduate high school, let alone go on to college after enduring a triple concussion playing soccer the first week of my freshman year of high school,” says Hannah Thomas of Summerville, S.C. “I was left with permanent amnesia, had to relearn everything and lost 40% of my vocabulary.”