EMPOWER Scholarships

$1,500Award Amount
2Number of Awards
4/15/2023Submission Deadline

The Encourage Minority Participation in Occupations with Emphasis on Rehabilitation (EMPOWER) Scholarship is administered by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The scholarship is made possible through a gift from the David M. Hersey Endowment Fund of the Allina Health Foundation. The aim of the scholarship is to encourage and support ethnically diverse students to pursue a career in the medical or rehabilitation field.

Applicants have to be residents of Minnesota or Western Wisconsin enrolled or accepted in a college in the same state. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered. Candidates must be of ethnic origin such as African American, Hispanic, Alaska Tribe, or Asian to be considered.

Students must demonstrate their interest in the medical or rehabilitation field through volunteer involvement. Applicants must describe how they intend to use their education and training in the medical or rehabilitation field. Selection for the $1,500 award is based on the applicant’s intentions, past achievements, financial need, and graduation ranking.

Key Information of EMPOWER Scholarships

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Healthcare
  • Medical Science
  • Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Rehabilitation

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


EMPOWER Scholarships Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

April 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on April 15.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: All
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Minnesota, Wisconsin
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: African, Alaskan Native, Asian, Asian American, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Financial Information
  • Recommendation letters
  • Grade transcript
  • School Verification

How to ace the EMPOWER Scholarships


Engage in volunteer activities

Applicants are required to demonstrate their interest in the medical or rehabilitation field through past engagements. Be sure to engage in volunteer activities to increase your chances of selection. Remember to ask your coordinator to write a reference letter indicating your volunteer hours.


Document your volunteer activities

As part of the application, you will be required to submit an essay regarding your volunteer service. While engaging in volunteer activities, make sure to document everything that you do. This will ensure that you can provide as much detail in your essay without relying solely on your memory.


Reach out to professionals in the field

Reaching out to a professional will help you determine areas where you can apply your education and training for the greatest impact. They can also assist you to determine your career goals and help review your application.


Prepare thoroughly for your exams

The Empower Scholarship is very competitive since it is only awarded to three students. Be sure to prepare thoroughly for your exams and maintain a high GPA to increase your chances of selection.

How the EMPOWER Scholarships is Judged

Selection is based on the applicant’s stated intentions, past achievements, need, and graduation ranking.

Why We Love the EMPOWER Scholarships


Applicants acquire work experience

While engaging in volunteer activities, applicants acquire experience that will help them in their education and future career.


Applicants build meaningful networks

By reaching out to their volunteer coordinators and teachers for recommendation letters, students build a support network that can assist them in their careers and education.


Applicants challenged to contribute to their communities

Successful applicants are students who can describe how they can use their education and training in medicine or rehabilitation. This challenges applicants to think of areas in their community or in the profession where they can apply themselves to make a change.

5 Facts about Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute


Courage Kenny was formed in 2013

The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation institute was formed through a merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute which are both part of Allina Health.


Courage Kenny engages in extensive volunteer work

Every year, the Institute offers 2,500 volunteers committed over 59,000 hours of their time and talents to support clinical care and outdoor recreation.


Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers learning opportunities

The Institute is an active teaching institution that offers students from Midwest universities and colleges a volunteer internship for educational credit.


Courage Kenny recognizes an exceptional volunteer annually

Outstanding Courage Kenny volunteers receive the prestigious Susan Hodder Volunteer of Excellence Award in honor of Susan Hodder’s outstanding volunteer participation.


Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute maintains a fund

The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Fund is maintained to support innovative programs, groundbreaking research, and exceptional services to help people achieve health, wellness, and independence.

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