Respiratory Care Student Receives Scholarship
Monday, November 10, 2008 Written by Jona Schmidt
Jessica Light, a student in the Rapid City Respiratory Care program, has been awarded a scholarship from the Indian Health Service.
Jessica is a resident of Sturgis, and is currently in her second year of the Respiratory Care AS degree. She is planning to continue in the BS degree program. Jessica plans to serve the Native American population in the Black Hills area after graduation.
The Indian Health Service is committed to encouraging Native Americans and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions and to assuring the availability of Native American health professionals to serve Native Americans. Approximately 330 awards were made nationally under the Indian Health Professions Scholarship Program this year. The awards are for 12 months in duration and the average award to a full-time student is approximately $28,000. To be eligible, applicants must be Native Americans (Federally recognized Tribal members, first and second degree descendants of Tribal members, and state recognized Tribal members), or Alaska Natives only.