CHHS Establishes Health Science Scholarship 

The UNCW SEEDS Scholarship in Health Science has been established by the College of Health and Human Services, with funding provided by Novant Health-UNC Health, to increase pipeline initiatives for rural and disadvantaged students interested in allied health careers. THE UNCW SEEDS (Students Engaged in Enriching Diversity in Sciences) Scholarship in Health Science is an initiative under the umbrella of the Novant Health-UNC Health SEEDS Scholarship Program, a collaborative between the UNCW College of Health and Human Services (UNCW CHHS), Cape Fear Community College (CFCC), Southeastern Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) and UNC School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (UNC SOM ODEI) to strengthen, provide intentional mentorship, resources, exposure, and support to increase diversity within the health science careers.

The Novant SEEDS Scholar Program is a new scholarship initiative to increase pipeline initiatives for undergraduate students majoring and pursuing allied health careers from the following backgrounds:

  • rural students;
  • students within the SEAHEC counties;
  • underrepresented/underserved students;
  • BIPOC students; and
  • Pell Grant eligible students

Ten undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to receive $2,500 each, once accepted as a SEEDS scholar, and will be able to receive support for three additional years upon meeting program participation and requirements each year. Student scholarship recipients will focus on enhancing health and wellness in the region around rural health. Through the partnership, UNCW will also receive additional funding to offer support and identify gaps and challenges to support the learning environment. The scholarship will be administered through the College’s Student Success Center, under the guidance of Assistant Dean for Student Success Sheri Shaw.