Corris Boyd Scholars Program


Contact Lena Dixon, Executive Assistant, for more information.


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.

The 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 and December of the first year, then August and December of the second year).  Students enrolled in accelerated programs will not receive the 2nd year installments until the dates noted above.

        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, but not before August 1st. For a list of AUPHA Full Graduate program members, visit the AUPHA Online Directory. Scroll down and select Full Graduate under Search by Member Type. 
        • Be a full-time student
        • Be a student of one of the following races: 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

        Application and Deadline

        The 2024 application is now closed. The 2025 application will be available in early January 2025.

        To complete the application, you will need:

        1. Program Information: A list of the AUPHA Full Graduate Member 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, no 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 no earlier than the current year and specifically address the scholarship and selection criteria. Letters will be accepted directly from the recommender via email (, mail (AUPHA, 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20036), and fax (202-621-7521), 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, by mail to AUPHA, 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 810, Washington, DC 20036, and fax 202-621-7521. 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.


        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.

        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)

        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 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. Finalists may be asked to sit for a phone interview with HCA in early-June. HCA will identify a winner of the HCA Corris Boyd Scholars program no later than mid-June.

        Past Recipients

        Emily Ha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

        Adaugo Omeirondi, Johns Hopkins University

        Aneris Rojas, Boston University

        Summer Hill, UNC at Chapel Hill

        Violetta Saldanha - UNC at Chapel Hill

        Kristen Dupard - Columbia University
        Oluwatobi Allyu - Boston University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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