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

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

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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