Washington State University student is one of ten recipients of a national health education scholarship award

SEATTLE, November 1, 2023 – The American Heart Association, a global force for longer, healthier lives for all, has awarded ten $5,000 scholarships to college students from across the United States through its EmPOWERED Scholars program. Kristi Juarez, a student at Washington State University, has been recognized as an EmPOWERED Scholar. Kristi is a sophomore and is studying pre-nursing. 

“To be one of only ten scholars recognized in 2023 is a tremendous achievement, and I congratulate these students for being named EmPOWERED Scholars this year,” said Wendy Zheng, co-chief executive officer and co-founder of Carmenta Care, a donor who generously funded two scholarships in Washington. “These students show great promise and I hope the scholarship helps support their efforts to address health inequities in our communities.” 

The American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED Scholars program awards scholarships to enrolled undergraduate students who volunteer in their communities and give their time to community-based organizations, student-led organizations and other groups that address food insecurity, safe housing, job opportunities, access to health care and other conditions that can result in health disparities. Applicants had to meet enrollment and GPA guidelines and submit an essay. 

In addition to receiving a scholarship, scholars become part of the EmPOWERED to Serve™ network of ambassadors and alumni who support the Association’s mission.

Nationally, 39 scholars representing more than twenty different colleges and universities have benefited from the EmPOWERED Scholars program to date. For more information about this and other scholarship programs, visit empoweredtoserve.org/scholars



About the American Heart Association

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