Health policy scholars program available to students, recent graduates
Posted: 02/27/2001
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Seniors or recent graduates at The University of Texas-Pan American interested in health policy are encouraged to apply for the Barbara Jordan Congressional Scholars Program.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Howard University launched the program to honor the legacy of former Kaiser trustee, state legislator and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, whose distinguished career was typified by her tireless advocacy of behalf of the disadvantaged. She brought this passion to her work, inspiring others to become involved in addressing challenging health policy issues.

Through this program, 10 college students each year will work in a congressional office in Washington, D.C., for nine weeks. Through seminars, lectures, field trips and other activities, scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of federal government operations.

Participating students will receive transportation to and from Washington, D.C., lodging at Howard University, a daily expense allowance for meals and local transportation, and a $1,500 stipend after the program.

Candidates must be in their senior year of undergraduate study or have graduated within the last 12 months from an accredited U.S. college or university. Candidates also must complete an application form, including a 500-word essay, and submit a resume, college transcript and letters of reference from faculty members.

Candidates will be evaluated on academic performance, essay; letters of recommendation and demonstrated leadership.

Students can apply online at For questions or more information, contact Jomo Kassaye at 202/865-4827 or by e-mail at