WHAT WE DO
This is a donor advised fund created by Marc Schenker and Xochitl Castañeda to provide scholarships to low-income Latinx students in health oriented careers.
The HELP Fund receives administrative support from three 501C (3) entities which operate the application process as well as the allocation of the scholarship’s funds to students. Donations for the HELP fund are made to either MCCNC ,UWLF, and CHP are fully tax deductible.
Community Health Partnership
United We Lead Foundation
Mexican Cultural Center
HOW WE DO IT
During our Scholarship cycle, we select candidates from the pool of applicants provided by CHP from San Jose, UWLF from Fresno and MCCNC from Sacramento - through their IME-Becas Scholarship Program. All these fiscal agencies collaborate directly with the Mexican Consulates of their respective areas.
Advisory Board Review
HELP applications are evaluated by a sub-committee composed of the HELP Advisory Board members, Schreider Award members and HELP Founders and staff, following established criteria. The final selection of recipients is made by the HELP Scholarship Committee based on the recommendations of the Advisory Board.
The HELP scholarship recipient selection is done in conjunction with CHP, UWLF and MCCNC, who review the applications and then, filter candidates who have listed health related career goals.
Once the recipients of the scholarships are selected, CHP, UWLF and MCCNC execute the administrative procedures, including the payments of the scholarships to the grantees.
WHY WE DO IT
“To achieve our goals, we don’t only have to plan, we have to dream; we don’t only have to act, but we have to believe in what we do”.
- Anatole France
It is often said “health equals wealth.” Indeed, the well-being of a population is a determinant of its social and economic success. Our focus is to improve the health of the Latinx community. We believe that one of the most powerful instruments of that change, are health professionals from the community. This has a strong multiplier effect both from providing direct medical services at their places of origin, and from addressing the underlying causes of health disparities in the population.
Generally, the students most committed to public service are often first-generation college and/or children of immigrants. In our country there is a huge demand and need for Latinx students in health education career tracks. Disparities of health are becoming greater between immigrants and non-immigrants. But higher education attainment rates of young people whose parents have no college experience, are generally low, and even lower among low-income students. That is why aid through scholarships is straightforward.