Mission Health is accepting applications for the Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship aimed at making college more affordable for minority high school seniors and college students from Western North Carolina who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Scholarship amounts range from $1,500-$2,500 for the 2021-22 school year.

The scholarship is named in honor of Kesha Young, a 22-year-old, bi-racial woman who was born with mental and physical disabilities and underwent multiple surgeries at Mission Hospital. Young died just months before she was scheduled to earn her high school diploma. Despite being in constant pain and confined to a wheelchair, Young was described by her adoptive parents as embodying the characteristics that are vital to how healthcare team members engage with patients, families and visitors, with a strong spirit, warm smile and positive encouragement.

“Receiving the Kesha Young scholarship has allowed me to network with people from different walks of life within the Mission Health system,” said Jameka Johnson, previous scholarship recipient. “Cultivating these relationships ultimately led to me becoming a part of the Mission Health care team. The scholarship empowered me with the ability to afford the education I needed to make a difference in my community.”

The application can be found at Missionhealth.org/scholarships.

The completed application, along with all additional materials, must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 13 for consideration. Winners will be notified in October.

Any member of the WNC community who meets the qualifications is invited to apply.