Students Encouraged to Apply for $5,000 Health Care Scholarship

Dominican University New York students who are pursuing careers in health care, social work, and psychology are encourage to apply for the following $5,000 scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year.

 Amount $5,000
 Term or Year Fall 2024 (2024-25 Academic Year)
 Awards Available   110
 Renewable Yes
 Deadline May 1, 2024
 Organization United Health Foundation


Diversity in Health Care Scholarship applicants must meet the following scholarship criteria to qualify:

  • Students must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year HACU Member (Dominican University is a member).
  • Open to student pursuing degrees (associate, bachelor, master, doctorate) that will lead to careers as Clinical Professionals that may include Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse, Pharmacist, Dentist, Social Worker, Addiction Counselor, Clinical Psychologist, or related clinical professions. 
  • Open to Undergraduate (classified as a sophomore or junior) and Graduate students.
  • At the time of application, students must have at least (2) two years of study remaining before their anticipated degree completion date.
  • Must be enrolled full-time.
  • Minimum GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
  • Identifies as Hispanic/ Latino, Black/African American, Native American/ Alaska Native or Asian or is focused on the health of these communities or other underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

Scholarship Specific Essay (250-500-word essay): 

  • What is your personal motivation for applying to the Diversity in Health Care Scholarship?

Renewable: scholarships may be renewed annually for up to 4 years (maximum $20,000) as long as the student maintains eligibility requirements or until the student has completed their intended degree, whichever comes first.

Benefits for Scholarship Recipient:

  • All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend Webinars with HACU partners to learn about current career opportunities in their field.
  • All scholarship recipients will be invited to apply for HACU National Internship Program with corporate and federal partners. 
  • Sophomores and Juniors will be invited to attend the Emerging Leaders’ Summits.

Requirements for Scholarship Recipient:

  • (25) Twenty-five Juniors are required to attend the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute at HACU’s 38th Annual Conference from November 1-3, 2024, in Aurora, Colorado (SAVE THE DATE). Expenses (travel, hotel lodging, and registration) are included as a scholarship benefit.
  • (60) Sixty Sophomores are required to attend the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute at HACU’s 39th Annual Conference November 2025 in Aurora, Colorado. Expenses (travel, hotel lodging, and registration) are included as a scholarship benefit.

Please Note: Current 2023 Diversity in Health Care Scholars cannot apply for the 2024 Diversity in Health Scholarship Program application. 

College Introduces Online RN to BSN Program

For the first time ever, Dominican College will be offering a new program for working nurses that allows them to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree online.

Barbara Polowczyk, FNP-BC, RN-BSN Coordinator said the new RN to BSN program will begin in fall 2019 and is 100 percent online.  “This will allow the working RN to do their courses at home and at their own pace to get their bachelor’s degree,” she said.

Polowczyk said the 18-month program will be taught by the same instructors who teach in the classroom.  The online students receive all the benefits of a real campus, including career counseling, tutoring, advisement, and access to the library.

In December 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law commonly referred to as the “BSN in 10 Law.”  It requires new nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of initial licensure.

For more information about the new online RN to BSN program, visit


Health Care Management Concentration Introduced

Dominican College is pleased to announce the Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management. This program provides graduate level classes for healthcare professionals and qualified managers who wish to enhance their knowledge of the complex and rapidly shifting health care sector. In a combined evening and online format designed specifically for working adults, students can quickly enter or advance a career in health care management.

The 15 credit Advanced Certificate can be completed in as few as 10 months and will focus on building the knowledge and skills that will have an immediate impact on work performance. Upon completion of the health care credits, participants may seamlessly transition to Dominican College’s MBA program with a Health Care Management concentration, which can be can be completed in as little as 24 months.

In keeping with Dominican College’s focus on small classes and one-on-one relationships, the on campus components provide students with personalized attention and interaction while the online components allow students to work at their own pace, on their own schedule. The College maintains a strong connection to the health care community through its allied health programs, enabling students to interact with noted professionals. Building on the importance of relationship, the director of the program serves as the academic advisor to all enrolled and prospective students.

For additional information about the program or to begin an application please visit, call (845) 848-7908, or email

Click here for more information.