Hispanic scholars receive financial support for their studies and research in STEM

(NewMediaWire) – August 05, 2022 – DALLAS The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on longer, healthier lives for all, is committed to addressing the lack of diversity and Hispanic inclusion in healthcare careers. As such, the AHA announced that 30 students from the United States and Puerto Rico have been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 Hispanic Serving Institution Scholarship Program which begins in September. Collectively, these students are enrolled in programs focused on public health and health care at 18 universities in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas. They will each be matched with a volunteer mentor who is either a medical professional or is currently conducting their own relevant scientific research. Researchers and mentors will develop and present a research project that spans basic, clinical, and educational sciences. Each scholar will receive a stipend and participate in professional development workshops that will benefit them throughout their studies and entry into the workforce.

“Overall, this program was amazing. I was able to network with many brilliant scholars (and) learn valuable skills that I will use in my life. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. I will always cherish this experience,” said 2021 HSI Fellow Irvin Solano.

Highlights of this program will include travel to attend the American Heart Association Conference Scientific Sessions 2022the premier global event focused on improving health by championing scientific discovery and educational content that changes practice, in Chicago in November, and a spring symposium in April, when researchers will present posters of the research they conducted throughout the program year.

“Scholars and mentors in the Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars Program help improve cultural sensitivity in clinical practice and transform science and research to be more inclusive. As champions of quality health care and access for all, the American Heart Association is committed to empowering the next generation of research and healthcare professionals by providing undergraduate students with academic and career-enriching resources, including scholarships and mentorship,” said Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FAHA, volunteer president of the American Heart Association, 2022-23 Walter A. Haas-Lucie Stern Endowed Chair of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Dean of Admissions at UCSF Medical School and Director of the UCSF Center for the Study of Adversity and Cardiovascular Disease (NURT URE Center).

Now in its second year, the program is funded by a financial grant from Quest Diagnostics as part of its Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) initiative, focused on addressing health care disparities that impact underserved communities across the United States. Quest Diagnostics also supports the American Heart Association Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholarship Program.

“We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association to expand research and mentorship opportunities for HSI Fellows,” said Ruth Clements, President of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation. “This program helps shape future healthcare leaders who will diversify the industry, address inequities and help improve patient outcomes in meaningful ways.”

A list of scholars is available here. The 2022-2023 participating colleges and universities are below.




New Jersey:

New York:

Porto Rico:

  • University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras School of Science Medicine

  • University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

  • University of Puerto Rico-Carolina

  • Interamericana University-Barranquitas

  • Interamericana-Arecibo University

  • University of Puerto Rico-Fajardo


Since 1992, the US Department of Education has designated institutions with at least 25% Hispanic students enrolled as Hispanic educational institutions.

Learn more about the Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars program and the scholars who participated in the first cohort of the Millennial Women Talk podcast, hosted by sisters Stephanie and Melissa Carcahe. The podcast features participating students, as well as healthcare professionals and thought leaders discussing various topics related to health and wellness in the Latin American community. Episode 1 of the HSI Scholars program series can be downloaded where podcasts are available, and at HSI Fellows – YouTube. Photo available on the right column of the press release link.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is an unrelenting force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are committed to equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with many organizations and millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for public health and share vital resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Join us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

For media inquiries:

Joseph Marks, national communications director, 210-810-3093, [email protected]

For public inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)


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