Healthfirst and The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Underwrite Fifteen $1,000 College Scholarships For Deserving NYC Students

Graduating High School Seniors Eligible for Assistance to Attend CUNY, SUNY and UNCF Institutions

NEW YORK, NY, August 6, 2014 –Healthfirst and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) announce their partnership to provide fifteen (15) $1,000 scholarships to deserving New York City public school high school students who have been accepted to a four-year degree granting City University of New York (CUNY), State University of New York (SUNY) or UNCF member institution. Applications will be accepted from August 11-September 19, 2014. Winners will be notified on October 31st.
Online applications are available on the UNCF website, for graduating high school seniors from local public schools. Residents of the New York City metropolitan area (i.e. Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island – Nassau and Suffolk counties) are eligible to apply. Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay, 500 words or less, on the topics: “How has President Obama’s Affordable Care Act impacted my community”, or, “What can I do to improve the health of my community?”, along with additional supporting material as stated in the application criteria. Final selection will be conducted by a Healthfirst judging panel.
“Today more than ever it is important that our young people get the education they need, and that we need them to have in order to remain competitive in the 21st century. For the fifteen deserving young men and women this scholarship will enable them to become college graduates and our next generation of leaders,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF. “We are grateful for the partnership with Healthfirst because it is not only an investment in the futures of these extraordinary young people, but also in the country’s economic strength and competitiveness.”
“Closing the education gap and providing our future leaders with resources for excelling in life is a top priority for Healthfirst,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of External Affairs. “We are exceptionally proud to partner with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to offer these admirable students the opportunity to attend college and also bring awareness to the impact healthy living has on them and their communities.”
Winners will receive their scholarship awards in a special awards ceremony scheduled for November 2014 presented by Healthfirst, UNCF and local community leaders. For more information or to apply, please visit the UNCF website at For more information on Healthfirst, please visit
About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of college readiness and minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Learn more at
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Healthfirst is a not-for-profit managed care organization with more than one million members of the diverse communities of downstate New York. We are ranked the #1 Quality Medicaid Plan in NYS. We treat our Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care members with the same care and attention we would want for our own families. We are also a proud participant in NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. For more information, visit the company’s website at
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