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UMR to hold scholarship competition

High school students planning to attend the University of Minnesota Rochester in the fall will compete for scholarship money Saturday.

The health sciences-focused university's inaugural "Health Scholars Day Competition" will ask students to explain their passion for healthcare to a group of judges, putting potential students in competition with one another for scholarships.

Last year, the college developed a more concrete idea of the type of students it is trying to attract — one's with a passion for healthcare. Because of that realization, UMR is "radically" changing the way it awards scholarships with an invitation-only, day-long event.

Potential students will be introduced during a luncheon and a scholarship competition will follow in the afternoon with interviews, displays or storytelling to "highlight the student's commitment to a health care career."

There are four scholarship categories: three for first-year students, one for upper-class students applying for the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions through Mayo School of Health Sciences.


• Health Care Passion Scholarships.

• Difference Maker Scholarships.

• Health CORE (Community of Respect and Empowerment) Scholarships.

• Health Professions Mosaic Scholarship (BSHP).

More than 60 students from the region, Arizona, Illinois and Georgia will attend the competition.

Scholarships range from $1,000-$8,000, but all students who attend will be awarded at least a $250 scholarship for buying textbooks.

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