The RDML Helena O. Mishoe Diversity “Believe” Scholarship was established to encourage and to support the career dreams of high school seniors from populations burdened by health disparities and that have been shown to be underrepresented in the health sciences and research, or health-related disciplines. These include populations such as racial and ethnic minority groups, rural populations, populations with low socioeconomic status, first generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. The scholarship will help students to realize their dream of obtaining a college education in the health sciences or a health-related field to promote health equity in the United States.
The program is named after Helena O. Mishoe, PhD, MPH, retired Rear Admiral of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her extraordinary public service and scientist career spanned over three decades at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and encompassed 27 years on active duty in the USPHS Commissioned Corps.
RDML Mishoe’s favorite quote is from one of her students who passed away from a disability-related illness. “Hope emerges and the future begins for one person only when there is another who believes in the beauty of their dreams.”
The RDML Mishoe “Believe” Scholarship inspires students to be scholars, serve their community, and achieve their dreams. The scholarship continues RDML Mishoe’s legacy as a believer in the dreams of those who have demonstrated tremendous resiliency in overcoming challenges, and who will become visionary change-makers achieving great things to make our world a better place for all.
Any nominee who meets the following criteria:
Recipients are selected by a scholarship review committee. The application for 2023 RDML Mishoe Scholarship will open March 27, 2023.
Each year, we look for active duty and retired USPHS officers to score applications. The time commitment consists of reading and scoring approximately 7-10 applications. COF will provide a certificate of appreciation for your personnel files.
Potential reviewers should notify their agencies and, if applicable, complete a request for outside activity form.
To avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest, reviewers should avoid scoring any application(s) for family members or individuals with whom you have a personal relationship.
The request for reviewers is closed for 2023. Please check back in early 2024 for an opportunity to volunteer as a reviewer.