AmeriHealth Caritas Establishes the “First Eight” Scholarship for Women in Celebration of 19th Amendment Centennial
Scholarship recognizes the first eight women elected to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly
Almost one hundred years ago, the nation ratified the 19th Amendment. After the next election in 1922, eight women were sworn into the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In honor of those “first eight,” AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for those most in need, announced the First Eight Scholarship for Women, eight merit and need-based scholarships for female high school seniors. The scholarship will provide $20,000 ($5,000 per year for four years) to recipients to attend a four-year college or university in Pennsylvania.
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted on August 26, 1920. It was the outcome of concerted activism among American women to claim the right to vote. The text of the amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
“We are proud to recognize the women of Pennsylvania who were the first to represent our Commonwealth, and seek to carry their legacy forward by supporting the next generation of female leaders,” said Paul Tufano, AmeriHealth Caritas Chairman and CEO. “As a company at the forefront of addressing the social determinants of health, we are investing in our community’s future female leaders by giving them the tools and opportunities to succeed; and education provides a pathway to better health, better prospects, and a better life.”
Scholarship recipients must meet the following criteria: 1) be a Pennsylvania resident and Pennsylvania female high school senior who has been accepted to a four-year college or university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; 2) have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and 3) be a U.S. citizen graduating by the spring of the current academic year.
Pennsylvania female high school seniors who are planning to attend a PA-based university or college are encouraged to review the criteria and apply. Application details and program specifics will also be distributed to high schools across Pennsylvania. The deadline to submit applications is March 31, 2020. Recipients of the First Eight Scholarship for Women will be announced in May 2020.
AmeriHealth Caritas is an inclusive and diverse workplace with over 3,100 employees in the Commonwealth and more than 6,000 nationally. It is the Commonwealth’s largest Medicaid managed care company, serving over 700,000 Pennsylvanians.