Health Scholars Programs Application

Health Scholars accepted to one of these 9-month programs will receive:
• extensive life design advising (through a 3-credit required course)
• mentoring
• scholarships and stipends award up to $5,000
• training in cultural competence, social capital and emerging health issues.
Scholars will also receive additional support toward matriculation, graduation, advancement to graduate programs, and/or employment in a health-related field.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a scholarship program for MSU Denver student interested in entering health and behavioral health fields.
Current undergraduate MSU Denver students with a 2.5 GPA and a declared major in one of the following:
• Biology
• Chemistry & Biochemistry
• Health Professions
• Human Performance & Sport
• Human Services & Counseling
• Nutrition
• Psychological Sciences
• Social Work
• Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
The following student groups are eligible to apply:
• Transfer students with at least 60 credits,
• Pell-eligible students,
• First generation students,
• Underrepresented minorities (including immigrants and refugees who are permanent U.S. residents),
• Non-traditional students (age 25 and older) and/ or veterans with at least 30 credits.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Daniel Cicenia (
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant is helping to fund opportunities to mentor students going into health-related fields.

Supplemental Questions
  1. I. Indicate Your Health Scholars Program Interest
    • 1. After reviewing the different Health Scholars Programs. Please select the program you are eligible for and most interested in applying to:
  2. II. Personal Data
    • 1. Where did you grow up? (City, County, State, Country)
    • 2. Please select your status in the USA:
    • 3. Pronouns. For example, she, he, they, ze, etc.:
    • 4. Gender Identity. For example, male, female, transmale, transfemale, gender nonconforming:
    • 5. Have either of your parent(s) / legal guardian(s) completed a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university?
    • 6. Do you plan to work while going to school?
    • 7. If yes, how many hours/week?
    • 8. What are your post-MSU Denver graduation intentions? Select all that apply:
    • 9. When you complete your training, what setting do you want to work in most? Select all that apply:
  3. III. Personal Data (continued)
    • 10. When you complete your training, what populations do you want to serve most? Select all that apply:
    • 11. What languages are you fluent in, please include your native language?
    • 12. Race (Select all that apply):
    • 13. Please print your specific ethnicity(s) in the space below. Examples of ethnicities include, German, Korean, Midwesterner (American), Mexican American, Navajo Nation, Samoan, Puerto Rican, Southerner (American), etc. Note, you may include more than one group.
  4. IV. Short Essays
    • 1. What are your top three (3) health career interests?
    • 2. What personal attribute are you most proud of and how does it make you an ideal candidate for this program? (300 words max)
    • 3. What is the greatest barrier or obstacle to achieving your goals? How can this program help you navigate said barrier or obstacle? (300 words max)
    • 4. According to the World Health Organization, “‘health equity’ implies that ideally everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential.” Describe a health inequity you are interested in learning more about. Briefly explain why it is important to you (400 words max)