Corris Boyd Scholars Program


HCA is proud to sponsor the HCA Corris Boyd Scholars Program. This program was established in honor of a healthcare leader who dedicated his life to diversity and excellence in leadership – especially among people of color.

Award 

Each recipient will receive a $40,000 scholarship towards tuition and other expenses at the AUPHA full-member graduate school program of his or her choice. The award will be paid in four installments (August 2017, December 2017, August 2018 and December 2018).  Students enrolled in accelerated programs will not receive the 2nd year installments until the dates noted above.

The online application will open in February 2018; all applications are due on April 17, 2018. Award recipients will be announced in June 2018.  

 

        Eligibility Requirements

        At the time of award, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements (no exceptions):
        • Have applied and been accepted into an AUPHA Full Member master's degree program for start in Fall of 2018, but not before August 1st.  Search the AUPHA Online Directory for eligible member programs. Under "Program Accreditation/Certification", select the box for "CAHME Accredited Graduate Programs". Scroll down the screen and select "Find a Program". Then scroll down the screen to see the list of eligible programs.
        • Be a full-time student
        • Be a student of color (African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, Multiracial)
        • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) in undergraduate coursework 
        • Have US citizenship or permanent resident status

        About Corris Boyd

        Corris Boyd (1961 – 2005) 
        Mr. Corris Boyd was a senior healthcare executive with HealthTrust Purchasing Group and HCA.  He was dedicated to increasing diversity and a proponent of excellence in leadership.  He also championed the success of minority and women-owned businesses through strategic partnerships. Mr. Boyd was active in his community, respected by his peers, inspired all who knew him, and a mentor who was the “ultimate leader.” The Scholars Program was established in 2006 in his honor

        Application Requirements 


        To complete the application, you will need:
        1. Program Information: A list of the AUPHA Full-Member, CAHME accredited programs you have applied to and the status of your application. 

        2. Cumulative GPA: Your current cumulative GPA or that from your most recently completed academic degree (submit via online application).

        3. Test Scores: Your unofficial GRE or GMAT score report as an Adobe PDF, unless not required by the schools to which you have applied (submit via online application). 

        4. Resume: Your current resume as an Adobe PDF (submit via the electronic application).

        5. Personal Statement: A statement, not longer than 1,200 words, explaining why you are choosing to pursue a career in healthcare management and addressing why you should be selected based on the selection criteria. This is the most important piece of your application and should address the following: 
          a. Why have you chosen healthcare management as the career you want to pursue?
          b. How have you demonstrated leadership in the past?
          c. How do you see yourself using the degree?
          d. Why have you chosen the school you plan to attend? 

        6. Letters of Recommendation: Submit three (3) letters signed and on letterheadOne letter must be from a faculty member who has observed you in the classroom (no exceptions), one from an employer/supervisor, and the third from the individual of your choice that can best address your qualifications for the scholarship. Letters must be dated not earlier than February 15th and specifically address the scholarship and selection criteria. Letters will be accepted directly from the recommender via email (cevans@aupha.org), mail (AUPHA, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 407, Washington, DC 20036), and fax (202-849-6780), or uploaded by the applicant within the electronic application.

        7. Financial Support: Information on any additional financial support that you anticipate receiving towards your graduate degree, including other scholarships, grants, etc. (submit via the online application).

        8. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended are required. Transcripts are accepted from the registrar electronically to cevans@aupha.org, by mail to AUPHA, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 407, Washington, DC 20036, and fax 202-849-6780. Scanned copies are accepted within the online application as long as they are an official version. Do not submit unofficial copies to AUPHA. 

        How to use, save and submit the application


        Progressing through the application
        Use the "Back" and "Next" buttons at the bottom of each page to progress through the report. Using these buttons, you can go back and edit previously answered questions. 
        Saving the Application
        You are able to save the application in order to complete it at another time. You should also occasionally save the application to protect from accidentally losing information. Every page that requires an entry has a "Save and continue later" bar at the bottom. To save, click on the "Save and continue later" bar. You will be asked to enter your email address. You will receive an email from Survey Gizmo that contains a link that will take you back to your application. This is especially useful so you can go back and upload letters of recommendation or transcripts so all the information is saved in one location. Remember, information that is not included with the application must reach AUPHA by the application deadline or your application will not be reviewed. 
        Submitting the Application
        The final page of the application contains the submit button. Only click on the button if your application is complete. You can use the Back and Next buttons to review and edit answers before you select Submit.

         

        Application

        Look for application link February 2018

        Selection Criteria


        Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
        • Leadership qualities
        • Academic achievements
        • Community involvement
        • Commitment to healthcare and healthcare management as a career path
        • Other sources and amount of financial support (may be considered when all other factors are equal)

        Questions

        For inquiries related to the Corris Boyd Scholarship, please contact Carly Evans at cevans@aupha.org, call 202-763-7283 or mail : 

        Corris Boyd Scholarship
        AUPHA
        1730 M Street NW, Suite 407
        Washington, DC 20036

        Selection Process

        If any part of the application is incomplete or a supporting document is missing at the deadline date, the applicant/application will be disqualified.  The application form and all supporting documents must arrive to AUPHA on or prior to the deadline. No exceptions will be made.

        Final applications will be reviewed by a committee of academics and practitioners who will recommend five finalists to HCA for consideration based on the selection criteria. Applicants not chosen as a finalist will be notified by AUPHA in early June. Finalist may be asked to sit for a phone interview with HCA in early-June. HCA will identify two winners of the HCA Corris Boyd Scholars program no later than mid-June. 

        Past Recipients

        2017
        Cameron Gabriel - University of Minnesota
        Taylor Jordan - Columbia University
        Onyeka Okeke - Johns Hopkins University

        2016
        Lee Salazar - University of Washington, Seattle
        Patara Williams - Xavier University

        2015
        Gloria Coicou - Cornell University
        Jacqueline Gallardo - University of Southern California

        2014
        Shekinah Bell - University of Michigan 
        Jennifer N. Dingle - University of Michigan 

        2013
        Carolina de la Puente - George Washington University 
        Crystal Sanford - University of Southern California

        2012
        Carolina Garcia - Northwestern University
        Mohamed Jalloh - UNC at Chapel Hill

        2011
        Prince Baawuah - University of Michigan
        Jared Dunlap - Columbia University
          
        2010
        Jonathan Liu - Columbia University
        William English - University of Alabama
          
        2009
        Lawrence Smith - Cornell University 
        Nupur Agrawal - Columbia University
          
        2008
        Essein Ukanna – University of Michigan
        Shruti D. Kothari - University of California - Berkeley
          
        2007
        Andrea N. Gwyn – Virginia Commonwealth University
        Kenneth M. West II – Georgetown University

        2006
        Marcus Smith – Cornell University
        Jennifer R. Bonds – UNC at Chapel Hill