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Healthcare careers get shot in the arm with new “Beaver Scholars” program

COVER IMAGE: Pictured are Don Beaver ’62 ’64, left, and his wife, Vickie Beaver. Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences is named for the Beavers, who have established the Beaver Scholars program at Appalachian with the goal of providing support to North Carolina students with a commitment to health care careers. Photo by Marie Freeman

The $10,000 per year award is renewable as long as the student meets academic standards established by the college.

“The Beavers’ scholarship support will advance the health and well-being of our state’s citizens by increasing the numbers of critical health care personnel in communities that need it most,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “The impact of this endowment will multiply over time, as more and more well-prepared and professional students enter the workforce.”

The $10,000-per-year award is renewable as long as the student meets academic standards established by the college. Scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in health-focused programs, with priority given to students who demonstrate a strong commitment to improving health care in the region.

“Access to health care is a tremendous priority for our state, particularly in rural counties,” explained Marie Huff, dean of the BCHS.

“Our curriculum emphasizes interprofessional collaboration among the various health care disciplines, promoting the best care possible for patients and their families. The new, state-of-the-art Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences makes that collaboration possible,” she said.

“The Beaver Scholars program will strengthen our ability to provide a transformative education to our students and bolster the health care workforce in our state.”

Nearly 3,500 students are enrolled in the BCHS, which offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and six graduate degree programs.

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