Overview

The RADM Helena O. Mishoe Diversity “Believe” Scholarship for high school seniors was established to encourage and help 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. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

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.

RADM 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 RADM Mishoe “Believe” Scholarship inspires students to be scholars, serve their community, and achieve their dreams. The scholarship continues RADM 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.

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Eligibility

Any nominee who meets the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;

  • Senior in high school;

  • GPA equal to or greater than to 3.0;

  • 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;

  • Applied/been accepted to college and plans to pursue a degree in the sciences or a health-related field; and

  • Demonstrated outstanding public service and education (e.g., to their school or community)

Application Process

Nominees will be required to address the following four items. Responses must be submitted in an essay format, double-spaced, and not to exceed a total of two pages.

  • Describe how you overcame your challenge(s), how they have shaped you as a person, and how they have affected your dreams/aspirations for your career?

  • Describe your prior public service involvement with your school or community. How will you use your college education to serve and inspire others?

  • “Hope emerges and the future begins for one person only when there is another who believes in the beauty of their dreams.” What does this quote mean to you?

  • We are all interconnected as global citizens.  How do you define human rights?  Briefly discuss an example of human rights in practice.  Also, briefly discuss an example of human rights violation.

​Two references are required to complete the application.

Reviewers Needed

We are looking for active duty and retired PHS officers to score applications. The time commitment will likely be reading and scoring up to approximately 7-10 applications. Please volunteer as a reviewer through the link below. 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.

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