ʻOhana Health Plan donates $10,000 to UH West Oʻahu’s pre-nursing pathway

Ohana Health Plan presenting a check to UH West Oahu

ʻOhana Health Plan presenting a check to UH West Oʻahu. From left: Tammy Wallace, UH Foundation; Melissa Saul, PIKO Project Director; Doris Ching, interim Chancellor, UH West Oʻahu; ʻOhana Health Plan’s Wendy Morriarty and Danny Cup Choy; and Judy Oliveira, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, UH West Oʻahu.

The ʻOhana Health Plan, through the WellCare Community Foundation, donated $10,000 for a scholarship fund for the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu’s pre-nursing pathway. The scholarship will be awarded to full-time students enrolled in the University’s Pre-Nursing Pathway and Partnership program. Preference will be given to students who have worked with or have an interest in working with low-income patients, especially in rural communities that have large Native Hawaiian populations.

The Pre-Nursing Pathway and Partnership offers hands-on learning and leadership opportunities, and provides a high-quality nursing education with a strong focus on transcultural education and care to individuals, families, and communities. The program is committed to fostering community engagement through service and research projects that develop students’ skills in collaboration, leadership, and program development. The Pre-Nursing Pathway and Partnership is currently being offered to UH West Oʻahu incoming fall 2016 students who will have the opportunity to take undergraduate pre-requisite courses necessary for applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

UH West Oʻahu students who are later accepted to the ʻIke Mauli Ola BSN program at UH Hilo may take UH Hilo courses at the UH West Oʻahu campus beginning in fall 2017.

All incoming fall 2016 students interested in the Pre-Nursing Pathway and Partnership are encouraged to apply to the ʻIke Mauli Ola Learning Community, an optional UH West Oʻahu PIKO Project support program for Pre-Nursing Pathway and Partnership students.

For more information and to apply, visit http://scholarships.uhfoundation.org/scholarships/scholarship_detail.aspx?acct=12731804

See UH West Oʻahu nurse educator and faculty member, Lehuanani Akau, discussing the scholarship (courtesy of Wellcare Health Plans).

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