A new scholarship is being offered by the Marana Chamber of Commerce to encourage high school students and other individuals to pursue careers in health care fields.

The Chamber’s Health and Wellness Committee will offer at least three $1,000 scholarships to current and non-traditional students in the spring to enroll in two- or four-year academic or vocational programs supporting health care. Awards will be determined by a selection panel of the committee.

The Marana Health Education Scholarship was created with a generous gift from BAYADA Home Health Care, a provider of clinical and assistive care services at home for adults. 

“I want to thank and applaud BAYADA Home Health Care for taking the lead on addressing the growing need for health care workers,” said Dr. Monica Fowler, a Marana chiropractor and chair of the Health and Wellness Committee. “Their founding sponsorship allowed us to create the Marana Chamber Health Education Scholarship and to invite other companies and individuals to join us as we work to get students in and out of school to consider health care fields.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment of registered nurses will grow by 15 percent during the next 10 years, “much faster than the average for all occupations.” 

The Bureau projected that demand for healthcare services “will increase because of the aging population, given that older people typically have more medical problems than younger people. Nurses also will be needed to educate and care for patients with various chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes and obesity.”

A similar need is projected across a wide range of health care occupations, including dental hygienists and occupational therapists.

Scholarship applications are available through the career counseling offices of Marana High School and Mountain View High School, or by writing to scholarship@maranachamber.com. Applications are due by noon Feb. 28, 2018. Recipients will be selected in mid-March and the awards presented at a Chamber luncheon in May.

Ed Stolmaker is the President and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce.

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