The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Herzing University-Brookfield announced a new scholarship for LGBT individuals working in the healthcare industry on February 12.

The Pride in Healthcare scholarship opens up new possibilities for members of the Greater Milwaukee LGBT community to pursue careers in healthcare and further raise awareness among all healthcare professionals of the need for increased cultural understanding when caring for and supporting coworkers of the LGBT population.

The fifty-percent scholarships provide half-off tuition, up to $15,000, through Herzing University’s Brookfield campus for LGBT employees of three Chamber members in southeastern Wisconsin – Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.

“This scholarship will allow employees at three of our Chamber members the opportunity to get the skills they need to advance their career to the next level and help build the next generation of LGBT leaders in the workplace,” said Jason Rae, President & CEO of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Pride in Healthcare scholarship applications are now being accepted by the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and must be submitted online by March 15, 2018. Applications include short essay questions and require a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current employer.

“Herzing University is committed to helping LGBT students get the training and education they need to move ahead in their careers, as well as to helping build the most diverse and inclusive healthcare industry we can,” said Jarvis Racine, Campus President at Herzing University-Brookfield. “We hope many members of the LGBT community working at these outstanding institutions take advantage of this opportunity.”

A committee will review all scholarship applications and select the recipients. Students receiving the scholarship must apply to Herzing University-Brookfield for admittance beginning in the summer 2018 semester and enroll in any of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • RN-BSN Completion program
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Insurance Billing & Coding
  • Healthcare Management (HCM)
  • Health Information Management (HIM)
  • MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Management

In addition to receiving the scholarship, recipients will be asked to volunteer five hours per month to support the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and its work to build a strong, diverse business community.

“We are so thankful for Herzing University’s forward-thinking leadership and commitment to building the next generation of LGBT leaders in the healthcare industry here in southeastern Wisconsin,” Rae said.

Written By

Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce