Who Can Apply: The Children’s Specialty Care Coalition together with the Givans family has established this scholarship fund to honor its founding executive director, Erin Aaberg Givans, who committed her career to advocating for quality health care on behalf of children and youth in California. The $5,000 scholarship will be available to full-time female students pursuing a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration or public health at a California University, who plan to pursue a career in the field of children’s health policy/ health advocacy in California. Scholarship recipients will share Ms. Aaberg Givans’ unwavering dedication and passion for ensuring access to quality health care for children and youth.
In addition to the financial support, there will be a future opportunity for scholarship recipients to visit Sacramento for a day of mentoring. The Children’s Specialty Care Coalition held the first mentoring day for scholarship recipients in August of 2018. Recipients visited CSCC’s offices, participated in a roundtable lunch with professional children’s advocates, and enjoyed an afternoon of one-on-one job shadowing. They also toured the State Capitol and had the opportunity to meet Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, California’s first female Senate leader.
- Be a female student attending a graduate institution/ program in California in the upcoming academic year.
- Be pursuing a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration or public health with a career goal of working in the field of children’s health policy or children’s health advocacy
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in college (preference will go to 3.5 or better)
- Demonstrate financial need (preference will go to students whose expected family contribution EFC is less than $10,000)
- Must be enrolled full time (12 units or more or equivalent)
- Essay – please provide an essay on the following topic: What motivates you to pursue a career in policy/advocacy for children’s health care?
- Essay – Please provide an essay on the following topic: What are your educational and career goals and where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? Why are you interested in working in the field of children’s health policy/advocacy?
- Letter of Reference: Provide two (2) letters of reference from individuals who are not related to you. Reference letters must identify the name, title, or relationship to the applicant – (i.e. clergy, neighbor, teacher, family friend) and a telephone number for the individual providing the letter of reference. (one reference should be from an employer or former professor of undergraduate degree)
- Second Letter of Reference
Deadline: March 6, 2020