This is a donor advised fund created by Marc Schenker and Xochitl Castaneda to provide scholarships to low-income Latinx students in health oriented careers.


The HELP Fund works with the United We Lead Foundation (UWLF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit entity. All contributions for the HELP fund are made to the UWLF, and are fully tax deductible. Contributions are directly transferred from UWLF to the HELP Fund.

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Candidate Selection

During our Scholarship cycle, we select candidates from the pool of applicants provided by UWLF - through their IME Becas Scholarship Program.


Advisory Board Review

HELP applications, specifically the essays, are evaluated by a sub-committee composed of HELP Advisory Board members, HELP Founders and HELP staff, following established criteria. The final selection of recipients is made by the HELP Scholarship Committee based on the recommendations of the Advisory Board.


MCCNC Application Review

The HELP scholarship recipient selection is done in conjunction with UWLF, who reviews the applications and supportive materials and then filter candidates who listed health related career goals.


Scholarship Awards

Once the recipients of the scholarships are selected, UWLF executes the administrative procedures, including the payments of the scholarships to the grantees.

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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.

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