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Minority Students Interested in Health Careers are More Motivated at Giving Back than Financial Gain

Minority students pursuing health careers are far more motivated by a desire to serve their community than by potential financial rewards, according to new research released today by United Health Foundation. The research is being released in conjunction with United Health Foundation’s fourth annual Diverse Scholars Forum, which brings 76 scholarship recipients to Washington, D.C., this week to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments and inspire them to work toward strengthening the nation’s health care system.

When asked what is the single most important motivation, 46 percent of minority scholars cited having a positive impact on people’s lives as their top reason for pursuing a health career. Only 17 percent cited salary or income.  At the same time, students cite the lack of finances as the number one reason of stress and discouragement. 98 percent of those polled stated it as the most significant barrier to achieving their education and career goals. To combat this potential hurdle, United Health Foundation is awarding more than $1.2 million in scholarships to more than 200 students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds.

For more information about the research and the Diverse Scholars Initiative visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/dsi.html.