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 high school seniors and college students of color from Western North Carolina who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Scholarship amounts range from $1,500-$2,500 for the 2022-23 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 her health struggles, 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 Friday, April 15th, 2022 for consideration. Winners will be notified in early May and invited to a reception at Mission Hospital in early June. Any member of the WNC community who meets the qualifications is invited to apply. .