Mission Health is accepting applications from throughout the community for the Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship, with the aim of making college more affordable for minority high school seniors and college students from Western North Carolina who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Scholarship amounts range from $1,500-$2,500 for the 2021-22 school year. Who is Kesha Young? The scholarship is named in honor of Kesha Young, a 22-year-old, bi-racial woman who was born with mental and physical disabilities and underwent multiple surgeries at Mission Hospital. Kesha died just months before she was scheduled to earn her high school diploma. Despite being in constant pain and confined to a wheelchair, Kesha was described by her adoptive parents as embodying the characteristics that are vital to how healthcare team members engage with patients, families and visitors, with a strong spirit, warm smile and positive encouragement. Application Information Scholarship eligibility criteria and full application instructions are available here. The completed application, along with all additional materials, must be received by 5 p.m. on September 13th, 2021 for consideration. Winners will be notified in October 2021. Any member of the WNC community who meets the qualifications is invited to apply . .