$2,500 HOSA Scholarship Challenge

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HOSA Talent Seeker Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer
edited November 23 in Health Science

UPDATE - HOSA Headquarters was very pleased with the impressive and thoughtful scholarship entries that were submitted for the scholarship challenge.

The winner of the HOSA Scholarship Challenge is @54donuts for their amazing post The Catalyst To Change

Congratulations!



Hello HOSA Members and Alumns!

HOSA is offering a $2,500 scholarship that is exclusively available to members! 

To be eligible for the $2,500 scholarship, you must take part in the HOSA Scholarship Challenge. HOSA partnered with the Tallo Community to host the Scholarship Challenge as part of Healthcare Month in October. 

The HOSA Scholarship challenge is:


Create a post on the Tallo Community about the healthcare pathway in which you are interested (i.e. - nursing, physical therapy, etc)  and share how HOSA played a role in your story. 

[Example] HOSA Scholarship Challenge post themes:

  • Helpful guide on how I financed my nursing education
  • I job shadowed in the ICU and it was wild!
  • How I found my passion to be an orthopedic surgeon
  • Things I learned from having a mentor in the medical field 

The topic of the post is your decision. As long as it is related to Healthcare we want you to share an experience, insight, or lesson learned from your HOSA journey. 

Requirements

  • Must be tagged HOSA Scholarship Challenge and posted on the Tallo Community to be considered
  • Must be a healthcare related topic and include a connection to you being a HOSA member.
  • Must be your work and not plagiarized
  • Only one submission per person.
  • Minimum of 1,000 characters. 
  • If you choose to provide a video, it must be at least one-minute long.
  • The competition closes October 31.
  • The HOSA Scholarship Challenge recipient will be announced on November 22.


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  • NAUstudent12
    NAUstudent12 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 2

    Hello! My name is Alyssa Furbee and this is my application. HOSA has gave me a variety of things, but most importantly, hope with a chance to succeed. While I attend EVIT with the dental assisting program, i’ve found I want to be an orthodontist. All though schooling may be along time and hard work, HOSA is giving me the opportunity to learn and grow through multiple different health care professions with a new environment at such a young age. This scholarship would be a blessing under all the circumstances. HOSA has expanded my medical knowledge tremendously and giving me a chance to become a leader over all. This is my second year being in HOSA and i couldn’t ask for a better program.

    @HOSA #HOSA Scholarship Challenge

  • Bpatel1029
    Bpatel1029 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer
    edited September 30

    Joining HOSA has allowed me to learn more about different specialties in the medical field. I was able to learn more about the different types of workers in a hospital and how they play vital role in helping our community. Not only has this organization helped me decide to pursue medicine, it has helped me develop skills that will help me as a doctor in the future. As the president of HOSA, it has provided opportunities for me to expand my knowledge, skill and leadership development which plays a huge role in the medical field.

    @HOSA #hosascholarshipchallenge

  • Aspen
    Aspen Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    Joining HOSA has made a huge difference in my life! I have made new friends, served my community and learned about new careers. As president of the Clearfield High School chapter I have gained leadership experience, and been able to help so many others learn about HOSA. I have been a member for 3 years now, and even through the difficult times of Covid-19 HOSA has been a part of my life. HOSA has opened so many opportunities for me and so many more people. A huge thank you to all who have supported me!

    @HOSA #hosaschollarshipchallange

  • Hyguyble
    Hyguyble Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    Hello, my name is Hyrum I want to be a pediatric surgeon or a pediatrician. HOSA has helped me realize that my love for helping people can be put to good use. Joining HOSA has also encouraged me to continue down this path as well as expand my knowledge of what I should do to better set myself up for opportunities in the future. @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • CarolineK
    CarolineK Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    Being a member in HOSA helped me explore what kind of profession in healthcare I would want to be in. I know now that I don't want to be a nurse or medical assistant. I took the test for the medical assistant competition and I did not know how much was involved with medical assisting. I also didn't realize how much medical assistants communicate. Knowing this, I am now interested in becoming a clinical lab scientist and working in a lab.

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • Pranav02
    Pranav02 Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 1

    @HOSA  HOSAHealthcare Month HOSA Scholarship Challenge

    The conscious mind: a phenomenal feat of biological evolution. It's the source of all our subjective thinking, our opinions, our values, and our perception about this world. I've always been fascinated about how a few chemicals come together to form the mosaic of our minds, and the impact it makes on our outlook of life itself. Exploring HOSA's numerous competitive events, I sought one that enabled me to channel my passion on neuroscience and psychology. The researched persuasive writing and speaking for 2021 offered me the privilege of voicing of my opinions regarding how our minds' interaction with technology influences how it affects our daily lives. Ultimately my passion led me to win first in States: Ohio. This is my first year as a co-leader for my school's chapter, and second with the HOSA community. Throughout my journey of participating at HOSA, I've had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of the healthcare industry's role in our lives, and had motivated me to pursue a career in this field where I can direct my passions towards helping my community. I'm very grateful to conintue to play my part in this diverse, engaging, and inspiring community.HOSA showed to me the value in teamwork, articulation of opinions, and ultimately selflessness. HOSA is what motivated me to expand my passion of neuroscience into a meaningful occupation. 


    This is Pranav: a future doctor, mentor, and responsible citizen of society

  • Nuero
    Nuero Member Posts: 5 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 2

    I'm a new member in HOSA, my name is Bhuvanthi, I'm in 9th grade, and I went to my first guest speaker meeting for HOSA last week. She talked a lot about the social aspect of healthcare and it opened my eyes to different opportunities I never thought was possible. As an Indian who was only told that doctors other than surgeons are useless, I realized how flexible healthcare workers are, there are so many jobs that I can take based on my own interest! I don't need to be a surgeon to be the 'most important,' all I have to do is be committed to help people in the healthcare world. Its more clear to me now how I can combine my interests for biomedical engineering and neuroscience, and HOSA helped me do that. Remember, I'm only in 9th grade yet I'm already going into depth about Healthcare careers! But to be fair, Volunteering is the best hands on experience in HOSA and I'm super excited to sign up for leadership opportunities related to event managing in HOSA. And yes I've typed HOSA about 5 times by now. But its so clear that The progress I can make in HOSA is unlimited, and I've decided the most important thing to do being a member of HOSA is to involve myself even more. Its only been about 2 months, yet I have learned about social aspects of HOSA, entered into a T-Shirt competition, joined an optional zoom call about polio eradication and a laboratory scientist whose team performs molecular epidemiology to track polio in Africa, and am participating in a healthcare month scholarship opportunity!

    To all of you thinking about joining HOSA, you will not regret it.

    (The file attached is the T-Shirt I made in the T-shirt design competition, for anyone who needs more inspiration)

    @HOSA HOSA Scholarship Challenge  HOSAHealthcare Month

  • MorganR420
    MorganR420 Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer

    HOSA

    Hosa helped me decide that I wanted to be an EMT. I originally wanted to be a veterinarian. But, I changed my mind when my grandpa passed. I decided I wanted to go into healthcare and I could choose a career later. Then I went and joined Hosa my freshman year. That year I did a debate on bio-medically engineered babies. My team made it all the way to nationals last year. This year I decide I want to try the EMT competition. I have started studying and looking at practice scenarios. I really like the adrenaline rush. You have to apply yourself. I want to practice emergency medicine. I want to be the face that people are relieved to see at a accident scene. I have became CPR certified through Hosa. I could use that and my basic first aid skills. I could really use this scholarship to pay for my schooling. I make good grades and all. But, any little bit helps. I need scholarship money to pay for my school. I want to avoid making my parents pay for anything. I am also applying for governor's school for this summer. I am going to try and get some credits out of the way before I graduate. Hosa has changed my life for the better. I am Vice - President and I have made some great friends. My friends in Hosa understand that we don't get time to kid around in real life. We have done community outreach. We went to play bingo at the nursing homes. I came up with bingo and then we gave prizes to the winners. Last week we helped clean our advisors closet. It was really fun we were cutting up and having a grand ole time. Until my friend got bit by a spider. We cleaned the bite, and applied the proper creams. I want to be an EMT. I want to be a great EMT who saves people. Why do I want to do this? It's a beautiful day to save lives.

  • FutureNurse
    FutureNurse Member Posts: 5 👋 | Newcomer

    HOSA is an amazing organization that provides me healthcare abilities and knowledge to helped me decide and discovered what type of careeres I want to pursuit in the medical field because I was influenced by African American maternal health statistics and healthcare to become a registered nurse. In the African American community women in pregnancy have such a high risk of dying from many complications more than any race in the United States. Furthermore, black women are more likely to die three or four times from pregnancy related causes than white women. In addition, I want my hospital in the Africa American community, so they can feel safe in a black owned hospital and be treated by Africa American women and men doctors, not because of racial disparities and their skin color. However, If my career in nursing doesn’t work out, I have my backup plan to become a medical assistant. I will still be in the medical field, just in a different occupation, and I love helping other people with their health and medicine. I’m willing to work even harder at this career as my potential job and working at different healthcare facilities than having my hospital in the African American community. @HOSA #HOSA Scholarship Challenge #HealthMonth #Medical Industry #Nursing #Medicalassitant #Medicalfield #FutureoftheNewGenerations 💕👩‍⚕️🩺🧬

  • 23aknaser
    23aknaser Member Posts: 6 👋 | Newcomer

    Hi, my name is Anna and this is my application for the HOSA scholarship. I just joined HOSA this year as my own health issues have kept me from being able to attend regular high school let alone a club until this year. I've always enjoyed science and math. I've taken advanced math and science courses since sixth grade, and every year I love it more and more. Recently I have finally became set in the decision that I want to become a nurse, either an RN or NP. I'll have to wait and see, but I thought why not take the opportunity and apply for this scholarship as I know for sure it will help me in my goals. So why do I want to be a nurse? That is a long story. I'd say for the majority of my life I've wanted to go into a job that makes a big difference in people's lives in some way. I thought about teaching, social work, firefighting, anything that I felt is heroic, and eventually, I landed on healthcare. I have a brother with a rare genetic condition called a variant of Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 6. It is a degenerative condition typically not affecting people until they are in late adulthood and it is inherited from their parents. However, my brother was born with his condition, it occurred randomly (he did not inherit it), and his specific gene change is slightly different from the common one. When he was diagnosed by Mayo Clinic about 9 years ago, I first became interested in a health career. At that point, I was interested in becoming a geneticist working at the Mayo Clinic, and at any chance I got I did research and asked questions about my brother's disorder. I went to every appointment he had to hear about and just hang out with him because he's my best friend. I even did my fifth grade science fair project on his genetic variation and how it affected his daily life and his different body systems (my project definitely stood out compared to the paper machete volcanos and brownie recipes). Then, later in my life, I became even more interested in the health field when I was diagnosed with a lot of chronic health conditions that placed me in the hospital for over a year in middle school. There is where I became interested in becoming a nurse. Spending a year straight in the hospital was probably the most difficult thing I ever went through, but I had many great days despite being in lots of pain not only physically but mentally. That was mainly because of the people I met there, especially the nurses. Dealing with chronic illness is still a big part of my life and I spend a lot of time outside of school at doctors' appointments, blood labs, x-rays, infusions, etc, and now I also see specialists at Mayo Clinic. I live with lots of questions and anxiety about whether or not my conditions are getting worse and why. It is hard to live with a body fighting against you, especially when you're not even an adult. Nurses have made all the difference in my life. Living around healthcare professionals has given me great insight into their daily tasks and what a huge difference they can make in patients' lives. For me, nurses just simply listening to me or remembering what type of needle, or numbing spray, or distraction I like during my procedures and visits really has changed my life. In fact, I actually enjoy going to medical appointments sometimes just because I get to joke around with my favorite nurses. That is why I now am set on becoming a nurse. Nurses have given me the hope to find my way through my struggles. I know I will face chronic health issues through the rest of my life, and that will make college and my career even harder than it is for most, but I know I can do it. I am determined to pay forward this hope to my own future patients.

    @HOSA #hosascholarshipchallenge

  • JMaddox
    JMaddox Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer

    Hello, my name is Emma Maddox. I am currently a senior and will be attending college next fall to get a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. My hope is to become a physical therapist after attending Physical Therapy school following college. I have been a HOSA member in my high school for three years. When I first started HOSA I had high hopes as to how it could help me thrive in the medical field. Unfortunately, my school isn't very involved and the teacher leading it didn't communicate to me the competitions for HOSA and I never competed. I'd love to become more involved in the group this senior year. I'm very excited about attending Union University next fall and beginning the college journey. I hope this scholarship will help me do that. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

  • Seraiah_A21
    Seraiah_A21 Member, Tallo Ambassador Posts: 457 🗺️ | Pathfinder

    This is great! I'm interested in nursing and this would be a big help. HOSA is really helpful.

  • hambroger
    hambroger Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 13

    This is my application for the HOSA scholarship Challenge.

    Being in HOSA has been tremendously challenging since I wasn't the type of person who would openly talk to strangers; I wasn't even able to talk to a Whole Foods employee to ask where the Peanut Butter was. My HOSA mentor pushed me out of my circle and forced me encouragingly to be comfortable with people. I was fortunate enough to intern at a NICU during the pandemic, as I was interested in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Being as a member of HOSA helped me make connections with RNs who were HOSA members in their high school years. I was able to go along with the schedules of Neonatologists, shadowing each one during rounds. I was able to talk freely about my personal interests to Respiratory Therapists and Nurse Practitioners, learning about their own career path and jotting down notes. Thanks to HOSA, I was able to explore in real life the daily actions and events that occur in a particular medical field.

    I am now able to actually speak up to people, and am more open to explore my interests in the medical field.

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • tagrac
    tagrac Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer

    Tips for Surviving the Pre-Med Journey:

    1. Don't let self-doubt drown you. Have faith in yourself and the process.
    2. Study hard but smart. Don't spend hours writing detailed notes that will not help you in the long run. Use active recall whether that is Anki, tons and tons of practice tests and exams, or even speaking out loud and explaining concepts to yourself.
    3. Collaborative studying is a game-changer. Don't try to do it all by yourself. Study with your friends. Learn from each other.
    4. I understand how difficult it is to attend university as someone who has dealt with financial challenges and as someone who has had to balance 2 part-time jobs to pay for tuition, I truly understand the struggle. That is why I highly recommend reaching out to scholarships. They will change your life.
    5. Get involved in extracurriculars that inspire you. As someone who has been a part of HOSA since high school with this year being my 5th year, HOSA is an excellent opportunity. It will open doors for you and lead you to places that you could have never imagined.
    6. #HOSAScholarshipChallenge


  • reeyan5048
    reeyan5048 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 13

    Hello! My name is Reeyan and I am currently a junior in high school. I have been in HOSA since my freshman year. I am also in our health science pathway, which is closely related to HOSA. I am very passionate about medicine and I want to become a pediatric cardiologist when I am older. It is my dream to earn my bachelors degree in Public Health, then to attend Vanderbilt for my MD degree. Since I am so passionate, I have already received my TNA (temporary nursing assistant) and my PEARS certificate (Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization). Being in HOSA has encouraged me to go above and beyond for my school, myself, and my community. HOSA has also given me the opportunity to meet like-minded students and engage in fun competitions with them. By staying in HOSA throughout high school (now proudly serving as VP), I have gotten the chance to observe my fellow students growth in health sciences. Not only has this encouraged me to push farther and higher, but it has given me comfort knowing we are all working together. I am excited about this possible scholarship opportunity!


    @HOSA #Hosascholarshipchallenge

  • PriyaM
    PriyaM Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 13

    Hello, I am Priya Manikandan and I want to work as an epidemiologist. My knowledge of the healthcare world before entering HOSA was very limited. I thought the only way to work in the health field was to become a doctor of some sort and attend medical school. I have always loved learning about the body and it’s amazing biological functions but I didn’t want to become a doctor or spend most of my time in residency. That was my dilemma. I thought I only had two choices: get to learn what I love but go through years of medical school or leave the medical field completely. That is when HOSA came in. Competing in HOSA has made me realize that there are so many different options and careers in the healthcare field and has given me the chance to explore them. I realized the public health field was something I was really curious about and immediately latched on. I love research and I love helping others including front line workers. It feels like I could be a part of their support system, helping from behind by creating vaccines and keeping the general public safe. So here I am now, with a plan to major in Biology and minor in Public Health. Without HOSA I would have been extremely lost on where I truly want to go in life. HOSA helped me acquire many life skills such as time management, effective and professional  communication and how to accurately conduct research. I use these skills on a day to day basis and would not be the person I am today if I hadn’t stepped into HOSA.

    @HOSA #HOSAScholarshipChallenge

  • cherrysumner
    cherrysumner Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer

    Hi, my name is Charity Sumner and this is my application for the HOSA scholarship. Growing up the obvious choices that parents wish for their kids to be is something that guarantees success. They think being a doctor or a lawyer is the way to go. Growing up, in my house our parents never pushed this on us, the main thing they wanted was for us to find our "calling". They wanted us to be happy. I was the kid that always performed operations on my stuffed animals and that ran a clinic in the living room. However, I never thought much about this. It was not until I turned 7 that I realized how important medical care is. My grandfather suffered from his veins/ blood vessels rupturing. He was on bed rest and had nurses in the house during the day. I was fascinated at the work they did, how they knew exactly what to do at every moment. He passed away shortly after from a vein too close to his heart bursting. At that moment I decided, I want to be a veterinarian (I know that makes absolutely no sense but just wait). Little did I know I would never be able to go through with this because of my soft spot for animals, which I quickly realized once I adopted my dog, and two guinea pigs and had a near-death-scare. At school, our teachers pushed on going to college and finding careers. I had no idea what I was going to do. Then everything changed. In October of 2019, my mom had a medical emergency. In my family, there is a degenerative disc disease- my mom and her brother both suffer greatly from this. They both have portions of their backs that are completely made of metal. The discs wear down to nothing and cause extreme amounts of pain, overtime doing nothing about it can cause the discs to become herniated and then plenty more problems arise. My mom up until October had had multiple surgeries on her spine, she had lost complete feeling in one of her legs, and had nerve damage so bad it was irreversible. She was in constant pain. One day in October of 2019, she came home after work and said she pushed herself too hard, she went upstairs and laid down, and she did not move. She could not move the next day. While my mother being the workaholic go-getter she is thought she had just "done too much for one day", instead she had caused multiple discs to protrude and caused a few to become herniated. She refused to go to the hospital. For the next month and a half, I watched her every single day break down in tears from the pain. She had muscle spasms and trophies 24/7. She could not eat, she could not sleep. It got to points where she would get near to the point of passing out, or she would pass out. Her happiness went away. She was in constant agony. Finally, in December she was admitted to the hospital, then we found out how bad it was. She would need to go in for an 8-hour surgery to attempt to fix the issues. As Christmas crept up, we prepped for the hospital, packed her bags, and drove an hour to the site. My dad and I stayed at the hospital whenever we could, I had testing going on so it made it quite difficult but we still did the best we could. Finally, the day of her surgery came around, at that point she could not stand. Night rolled around and the team of doctors and nurses came into the room and introduced themselves. They took her into the prep room where they attached her to IVs and started her on anesthesia. 8 1/2 hours went by and she was finally out. All of my fear went away when I saw my mom smile. She was obviously very high from the anesthetics but she was coming back to herself. I remember crying and just hoping she would be okay, it was the scariest moment of my life. The people at the hospital were outstanding. They were kind and sympathetic and hard working. I think during that time is when it clicked in my head of what I was meant to do. I felt at peace when we were at the hospital. Even though it was a frightful time, I knew I belonged there. I talked with the nurses, the anesthesiologist, and the main surgeon and heard about the schooling they went through and how much they loved their jobs. They are the ones that told me about HOSA. I joined HOSA this year finally after missing my first year due to covid, and I am in LOVE with it. I am going to be registering for West Mec once applications are open. HOSA has opened a world of opportunities. I want to help people. I know this is what I am meant to do and I want to do it to the best of my ability. I want to be a traveling nurse or an anesthesiologist. It is becoming more of a reality than ever, and it is all because of HOSA!

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • cherrysumner
    cherrysumner Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer

    Hi, my name is Charity Sumner and this is my application for the HOSA scholarship. Growing up the obvious choices that parents wish for their kids to be is something that guarantees success. They think being a doctor or a lawyer is the way to go. Growing up, in my house our parents never pushed this on us, the main thing they wanted was for us to find our "calling". They wanted us to be happy. I was the kid that always performed operations on my stuffed animals and that ran a clinic in the living room. However, I never thought much about this. It was not until I turned 7 that I realized how important medical care is. My grandfather suffered from his veins/ blood vessels rupturing. He was on bed rest and had nurses in the house during the day. I was fascinated at the work they did, how they knew exactly what to do at every moment. He passed away shortly after from a vein too close to his heart bursting. At that moment I decided, I want to be a veterinarian (I know that makes absolutely no sense but just wait). Little did I know I would never be able to go through with this because of my soft spot for animals, which I quickly realized once I adopted my dog, and two guinea pigs and had a near-death-scare. At school, our teachers pushed on going to college and finding careers. I had no idea what I was going to do. Then everything changed. In October of 2019, my mom had a medical emergency. In my family, there is a degenerative disc disease- my mom and her brother both suffer greatly from this. They both have portions of their backs that are completely made of metal. The discs wear down to nothing and cause extreme amounts of pain, overtime doing nothing about it can cause the discs to become herniated and then plenty more problems arise. My mom up until October had had multiple surgeries on her spine, she had lost complete feeling in one of her legs, and had nerve damage so bad it was irreversible. She was in constant pain. One day in October of 2019, she came home after work and said she pushed herself too hard, she went upstairs and laid down, and she did not move. She could not move the next day. While my mother being the workaholic go-getter she is thought she had just "done too much for one day", instead she had caused multiple discs to protrude and caused a few to become herniated. She refused to go to the hospital. For the next month and a half, I watched her every single day break down in tears from the pain. She had muscle spasms and trophies 24/7. She could not eat, she could not sleep. It got to points where she would get near to the point of passing out, or she would pass out. Her happiness went away. She was in constant agony. Finally, in December she was admitted to the hospital, then we found out how bad it was. She would need to go in for an 8-hour surgery to attempt to fix the issues. As Christmas crept up, we prepped for the hospital, packed her bags, and drove an hour to the site. My dad and I stayed at the hospital whenever we could, I had testing going on so it made it quite difficult but we still did the best we could. Finally, the day of her surgery came around, at that point she could not stand. Night rolled around and the team of doctors and nurses came into the room and introduced themselves. They took her into the prep room where they attached her to IVs and started her on anesthesia. 8 1/2 hours went by and she was finally out. All of my fear went away when I saw my mom smile. She was obviously very high from the anesthetics but she was coming back to herself. I remember crying and just hoping she would be okay, it was the scariest moment of my life. The people at the hospital were outstanding. They were kind and sympathetic and hard working. I think during that time is when it clicked in my head of what I was meant to do. I felt at peace when we were at the hospital. Even though it was a frightful time, I knew I belonged there. I talked with the nurses, the anesthesiologist, and the main surgeon and heard about the schooling they went through and how much they loved their jobs. They are the ones that told me about HOSA. I joined HOSA this year finally after missing my first year due to covid, and I am in LOVE with it. I am going to be registering for West Mec once applications are open. HOSA has opened a world of opportunities. I want to help people. I know this is what I am meant to do and I want to do it to the best of my ability. I want to be a traveling nurse or an anesthesiologist. It is becoming more of a reality than ever, and it is all because of HOSA!

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • eleannamalo
    eleannamalo Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 13

    To the dearest Tallo Community,

    Thank you for the scholarship opportunity! When I student-founded HOSA two years ago, I was eager to establish and work with a community that is passionate about spreading awareness on different diseases. I enjoy how the organization is student-run, and we've managed to customize our chapter in a way that accommodates the Health Professions program at our technical high school. Our foundation is built on community work. This includes town volunteering, conducting fundraisers for non-profit organizations and educating others on different diseases. The student effort at ATHS HOSA has helped me grow as a leader that serves her team. I learn more each year about what it means to listen to others' ideas and how to divide responsibilities. We create presentations for one another, and present them in a Ted Talk manner. This allows every individual to perfect their talking skills for future occupational opportunities. Our team effort made me aware that I want to become a physician who works and learns alongside members that have different things to offer. I aspire to own a clinic in which provides access to various specialties, technicians, radiological functions, and even naturopathic medicine. HOSA's competitions have expanded my networking capabilities, allowing me to touch base with other prospective physicians, technicians, nurses and such. Through coordinating with different chapters as to how they make their's unique, I am able to relay that information to my team members, maximize our events and activities, and thus create a legacy for the healthcare program at our school. A leader is nothing without their team. I'm ambitious to learn from others as much as they learn from me, so that we all have the chance to find what job is ideal for us in healthcare. Communication is a skill I've also improved on through our activities. ATHS HOSA partakes in a community Gynecological Cancer Walk, where our students work with various county members in order to effectively complete each task. By training each other in proper and professional communication, our students are better able to coordinate with strangers. There are times in healthcare where medical providers must work with people they may not have anything in common with, besides their mutual care for a patient. By working alongside people we don't know in small tasks during our volunteering events, we improve our abilities to do similar things in the future when it matters on a higher scale. HOSA has helped me find what makes my heart sing (i.e., helping people through leadership, teaching and being educated). If given the opportunity to win this scholarship, I am able to share my knowledge on a platform that reaches those misfortunate in socioeconomic ways. I yearn to take the $2,500 and invest it not just in my education, but in the education of others. I will make sure that my knowledge becomes others peoples' knowledge, and their education becomes my education. I strive to spread awareness on all the opportunities that Tallo and HOSA communities have to give. Receiving this honor inspires and motivates others to question what they've learned in our chapter and always yearn for more. Perhaps they'll apply to this scholarship with akin desires and take away the sense of community and opportunities HOSA has to offer. 

    Thank you HOSA and Tallo!


    P.S. If this is submitted twice, it is because I misplaced where my comment should've gone!

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • DarkSilence
    DarkSilence Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer

    @HOSA#HOSAscholarshipchallenge

    The cold strange weight on my right hand set in as I eagerly moved the prosthesis made for me around. In front of me, two compassionate souls that I am in endless debt looked on in anticipation for my approval. I beamed in joy as I picked up a water bottle from my right hand, the first time I have ever done so.

    I was born with a deformed forearm on my right arm and a syndactyly on my left hand. This meant I was in hospitals, operating rooms, and under the spotlight of specialists for a large portion of my life. It encouraged and inspired me to take a passion in the medical field so I could provide the same assurance those doctors did for my parents to other worried families.

    When I entered high school, I learned of a club named HOSA. For the first time ever in school, medical science was something tangible and right in front of me. Before, I was only able to watch my mom do sonographies on me from home and read her textbooks from when she was in medical school, but now I could participate actively in building my career.

    HOSA provides an opportunity unparalleled of being able to see health care in action before college when it is often too late to change paths. I have been able to ask dentists, physical therapists, medical school students, and physicians questions of how they navigated what to do, where to go, and most importantly, why to do it.

    I am determined to be a physician so I can take care of the community directly and more importantly, give back to organizations like HOSA which are carving the way ahead for me. My goal is to make sure that children in the future won't be scared to go to the doctor's office and instead they will be curious and see health care in a positive light.

  • CHSstudent2024
    CHSstudent2024 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    @HOSA#HOSAscholarshipchallenge

    I always thought that my health was perfect, I ate healthy and never once thought something was wrong with me. A thirteen year old girl sitting at dinner with her father and all of the sudden her nose begins to bleed, thinking nothing of it she goes to the bathroom. As her nose is bleeding, her hand grabs onto her stomach feeling tender.

    At the age of thirteen, I had an inflamed stomach caused by what I was eating and how my body was handling it. I did not realize at the beginning of my teenage years that something could be majorly wrong or my body was reacting a certain way to something it never had before. Days before the incident of my father rushing me to the ER, I could barely keep food down, I did not want to eat because I had the feeling of the food being in my throat and never going down to my stomach to get the nutrients my body needed. As I was looking around the hospital, I noticed that everyone had a job and that job was to care for people and make them healthier again.

    I eventually changed schools a year later and when I transferred my school had what was called HOSA and I instantly fell in love with the name and the courses I could take to learn my dream profession to be a medical assistant and help people the way everyone deserved to be treated. As I was learning the main medical terminologies and what I had to do in order to plan my future out for me, the studying I had to do and the schooling I needed to do as well. I never really knew how my future would or might be or what it would look like. Once I stepped into my health science class, I knew what my future was going to be and I was prepared and ready to face the challenge.

    Being in the medical field does not always mean stitching someone up, performing surgery, or giving ultra sounds. It is all about team work and working together to complete the goal you tend to complete once you walk into your job in the medical field, you are helping someone other than yourself and you can be the reason someone stands up out of that medical field and walks out the door.

    A medical assistants are very important, they spend everyday being there when they are needed, they deal with insurance policies, prescriptions, anything on the computer that can help someone feel better and have a better day. That is what the medical field is all about, be the reason someone is able to wake up in the morning, walk themselves to the restroom, and use the restrooms by themselves, all for a better today and a better tomorrow.

  • alexiaafrench
    alexiaafrench Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    Dear Tallo and the HOSA community,

    First off, thank you HOSA and Tallo for this opportunity. This scholarship is not only a great opportunity for students to earn in order to help them pursue their future, but also myself. My name is Alexia French and I am a senior in high school. HOSA has played a huge role within my high school years and will continue to play a role in my life moving forward . I have been a member of HOSA since my Freshman year and let's just say I was very shy. I was never the one to reach out and introduce myself to new people, I would normally stay within my shell and only talk to the familiar. I was in awe how well the officers during my freshman year went out of their way to make every single member feel welcomed. This made me feel comfortable and it soon became my new home.

    I was encouraged my Sophomore year to run for a position, I took this as a challenge for myself to come out of my shell and try something new. I ran to be Historian and was thankful enough receive this position. During this year, I was able to branch out and meet people I would have never thought of interacting with. I also realized how many opportunities were available in the community to connect with people within all different fields of medicine. Throughout this year, I learned that I was not completely out of my shell just yet, I still found it challenging to branch out to anyone and everyone.

    My junior year, I challenged myself again. I ran for the Vice President position to challenged myself to take on a bigger role and responsibility within the club. I earned this position and knew I wanted to make a greater impact. This was a challenging year, due to the pandemic. My mission was to be inclusive and make the members feel connected as we were in a challenging period of time. I was happy to say my goal was accomplished when we reached the highest number of active members than we had ever had before. I have always knew I wanted to do something in the medical academy, but at this time, I knew it didn't matter what occupation I went into, but all I wanted to do was help people and make them feel safe, comfortable and happy.

    Now, it is my senior year. I ran for the President position and I am beyond grateful and humble of receiving this position. I never imagined myself branching out as much as I did nor taking of the role of being president to any club. My goal was to now help people who were in my position during my freshman year, afraid to come out of my shell. With this position came the greatest responsibility I have experience yet. HOSA became my greatest priority. My goal of leading, and making an impact is more real then ever now. I never wanted anyone in my club to feel like they aren't apart or included. My mission was and is to inspire future generations to lead, and make an impact within their school and health communities. I cannot thank HOSA enough for the opportunities they have provided me with to allow me to come out of my shell and realize the greater perspective of life.

    @HOSA #HOSAscolarshipchallenge

  • HOSAstudent
    HOSAstudent Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

    Hello HOSA! First and foremost, I am extremely grateful for this opportunity that is presented before me. My name is Rani, and I would love to speak on my experiences with HOSA and how it impacted my life.

    With the experiences of medical issues in families and friends coupled with the pandemic, it made me realize the importance of being a healthcare worker. The pandemic has impacted everyone, one way or another. But if taken in an optimistic way, the pandemic gave respect and honor to the healthcare workers, something that is not persistent all the time. It made everyone realize the importance of them. It also made us realize how without them, nothing would be the same.

    Throughout the years, I always knew what path I wanted to set my foot on: healthcare. Because of that, I strive to put my best efforts in to accomplish my goals daily. Whether it be through certain courses or through certain organizations, nothing could have helped me more than HOSA!

    Since being in HOSA, I was not only exposed to many opportunities, but it gave me an insight into my future. It also gave me another perspective on the healthcare community. Most importantly, it made me realize the values and skills a healthcare worker must have. Although I am uncertain of my exact career, what I do know for sure is that HOSA will always guide me. Being in HOSA, especially while being in a pandemic, it gave me a new perspective on the healthcare community.


    Thank you for the consideration!

  • Kevinnsanchezz
    Kevinnsanchezz Member Posts: 13 🏞️ | Wanderer
    edited October 15

    @HOSA #HOSAscolarshipchallenge

    To start off I want to thank HOSA and Tallo for allowing the health community and myself to have an opportunity at obtaining this amazing scholarship.

    I am currently a high school student coming into the last year of my journey. Since I could remember I’ve always wanted to help people in any way I could from opening their door to bringing their groceries to their car. That has transitioned and stayed with me all throughout my life till present day today. For this reason is why I chose to take my path towards the medical field where I will have the opportunity to hopefully help hundreds of individuals daily. HOSA has been an incredible help in shaping and developing me deeper in my passion to help the world. This program has opened gateways I never imagined I would be able to walk through. They are the part of reasons why I will strive to achieve my dream in medicine and become a nurse anesthesiologist. Once again I thank HOSA and Tallo for allowing me to have this opportunity, I am truly grateful.

  • Ali_04
    Ali_04 Member Posts: 7 👋 | Newcomer

    Hi! My name is Aliyah Hallman, a senior in high school, and a Blood Drive Committee leader in the West Florence Chapter. This is my second year in HOSA, and I'm honored to be a member of such an extraordinary club.

    It wasn't until the middle of my junior year that I decided to finally pursue my dreams of being in the medical field. I have always had a certain love towards the medical field, but wasn't convinced that I could do it. After all I never had the best grades, and ended up failing 8th grade. After attending summer school, it wasn't until my 9th grade that I started getting A's and B's on my report cards. It took a lot of effort to get to the all A report card's that I get nowadays.

    I have gone back and forth on my career choices, from unrealistic options like an Actress, to a Veterinarian, back to an Actress, then to more possible options to journalism, and photography, until I finally decided that I could do this. I had finally been convinced that I could go be in the healthcare field.

    It was around Christmas time when I spoke to one of my friends, who I knew was also interested in going into the field, about wanting to become a nurse. She is the one who introduced me to HOSA, she talked the leader of the club at the time, and then he sent information about the club and the classroom code.

    Unfortunately this was the year that my family was affected with COVID, so my movements in the club were limited. I was pulled into virtual as well, and I think that itself is self explanatory.

    This year I chose to sign up as soon as I heard they were taking members. Not only that, but when I heard they were taking officers I took up that opportunity too. I had originally signed up for Historian but the title went to a deserving girl with three more votes. However I got the title of a Blood Drive Committee leader. I don't have any hard feelings towards it, she is an amazing photographer, and always keeps us up to date.

    I am honored to be part of such an amazing club, always helping people and always making opportunities for students to help with the community outside of school.

    Even if you have no interest in the health care system, or if you do. I strongly recommend to get involved in your schools HOSA chapter if you have one.

    @HOSA #HOSAscholarshipchallenge

  • mac_bra_9593
    mac_bra_9593 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

          In the future, I hope to attain a BSN degree at the University of South Dakota. My education at USD will consist of 1 ½ years of generals, and 2 years of nursing school. Afterwards, I hope to further my education and obtain the title of a nurse practitioner. With this educational path I have chosen, it is often helpful to become familiar with the basics of nursing before being accepted into nursing school. HOSA has helped me familiarize myself with the field of medicine and get firsthand experience at the medical building at USD. I joined HOSA when I was a sophomore, and it was a decision that benefited me greatly. The reason joining this organization was so beneficial is because it provided me with educational opportunities that helped me learn about different aspects of what a future profession in nursing will have.

    One thing that I was able to do through this group is shadowing. My HOSA advisor encouraged me to reach out to different fields of nursing and find a job shadowing opportunity. In November of 2019, I was able to shadow a surgical nurse at the elective surgy center in Dakota Valley, South Dakota. During my visit, I watched a thyroidectomy, knee scope, ankle fracture, and more. As a part of my experience, the doctors would walk me through the different parts of the surgery, and I was able to look at different monitoring machines to learn what their purpose was. Personally, my favorite part of shadowing surgeries was learning more about anatomy and physiology in a variety of ways. For example, during the knee scope, I was able to observe the monitor screen, and the surgeon pointed out many different structures and tissues that he was working around. This was a great experience because I got to see the different jobs that all contribute to a successful surgery like the nurse anesthetist, surgical tech, surgeon, etc. Though surgical nursing was not an area I was initially looking into, I am thankful I was able to be exposed to that type of work environment because it could now be an area of nursing I am interested in.

    Another opportunity that HOSA provided for me was basic health trainings. We had the opportunity to participate in a program called “Stop the Bleed”, which educated us on how to slow or completely stop a wounded, bleeding area on the body. We were taught how to use medical equipment, like tourniquets, and we were also able to identify which everyday objects were resourceful in stopping a bleeding wound. With the tourniquets, we got to practice on other members or ourselves. They informed us that other materials, such as a t-shirt and a stick could be used as a makeshift tourniquet. The EMTs brought in mock limbs with open wounds, and we were able to practice packing a wound and applying pressure. This is important for not only those interested in a medical career, but to everyone because emergencies happen everywhere, and knowing how to handle those situations can save someone’s life.

    After we participate in all of these offered educational programs, we study and prepare for the HOSA State Event. There are many different areas that members are able to compete in, and each year, I take the online test for nursing. The amazing thing about this is that we are required to put in a good amount of time studying, so learning a lot of information about a field of interest is easy to achieve. The resource I used to study was Quizlet. It was a great tool because of its convenience and unique features. If a member places so high in the selected category, they can go to compete in person at the state event. In nursing, specific tasks are to be learned and performed, such as placing a catheter, inserting an IV, and cleaning/covering wounds. This experience is one of the most educational opportunities HOSA can offer because you are able to present your skills in front of a judge and gain hands on experience to prepare you for future schooling and a future career. If a person does not want to compete individually, they are able to participate in group contests, such as creating a poster board. This is also a great choice of an event to compete in because working with other people on medical related projects sets members up for learning how to work with other employees at potential future jobs.

    One of the programs I hope our organization can be involved in is CPR training. Again, CPR is an important skill that everyone should know incase a situation arises that requires someone to know how to perform CPR. Another activity that I am hopeful our members can participate in is visiting the anatomy lab at the Lee Medical Building. Visiting the anatomy lab would be a great educational experience because not only would our members be able to see all that we learn about in person, but it could create a higher sense of interest in the health science field for those attending. Sadly, due to the pandemic, our group was not able to travel to the anatomy lab the last two years, but this year, we are hopeful that things are starting to open back up and we are able to take part in this activity.

    Overall, HOSA has given me more experience than I could have ever wished for. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have gotten to experience, and I will always highly encourage anyone in the classes below me to join the program during their high school career. When asked by other students what HOSA can do for them, I always mention the specific programs and education that can benefit them in their future interests. I hope that when I am going through my schooling in the future, I am able to look back at the lessons HOSA has taught me, and use the knowledge given to me by the program to pull myself through challenges.


    @HOSA #HOSAscholorshipchallenge

  • meodowd968
    meodowd968 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 15

    Hello there,

    My name is Morgan O'Dowd and I am a senior at Plymouth High School in Canton, Michigan. I have taken all the higher level science courses offered at my school along with the medical classes. This year I am enrolled in Health Occupations and participating in HOSA as well. HOSA is my current and a crucial stop on my journey to one of my dream careers: a Pediatric Neurologist or a Medical Prosecutor.

    I have always been fascinated by the nervous system and how our mind works. I have a love for kids and truly believe they are everyone's future, the future. I am very passionate on helping them and their families so, they can carry on with their journeys and paths wherever that may be. I have been told by teachers, friends, family and peers that I would make "one hell of a lawyer." I sat back and thought about why I keep hearing this. It clicked, I am passionate about the things I care about and fight to get the outcome I want. I am now exploring the field of medical law and could see myself in the courtroom fighting to keep the medical field a safe and honest world. I will have to make a tough decision after undergrad on weather to apply to medical school or law school.

    HOSA is allowing me to dive deeper into my interest for of cognitive sciences and behavior. This field will help me whichever carrer route I start to travel on. My competitive event is Behavioral Health. While looking at the outline of the test I noticed it is a lot and I mean basically my whole AP Psychology course that I took my junior year and more. I am enjoying that as I progress through school I am exploring my interests on a deeper level. This scholarship will allow me to continue this deep dive through college with less of a financial pressure.

    #HOSAscolarshipchallenge @HOSA

  • bethany
    bethany Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer

    Hi, my name is Bethany Badoux. I'm a senior from Sandpoint High School and I've been a member of HOSA for two years.

    I remember being five years old and being so ecstatic to go to my Grandma's house so that I could play veterinarian with her! She set up a shelf in her closet where my stuffed patients were boarded and I gathered up supplies to make my very own portable vet kit. I'd listen to my patients' heartbeats with a plastic stethoscope, create a patient chart for each animal, and even perform surgery with a butterknife and some tape. I've always had a passion for animals. I knew that I wanted to work with them and as soon as I learned what a veterinarian was (about 5 years old), I started thinking about how to become one.

    This influenced my decision to own many different pets, from frogs to button quail to miniature horses, so that I could learn more about my passion: animals. I participated in 4-H with my horses, rabbits, and button quail to discover more about animal handling and bond with all of my pets. After being a 4-H member for 10 years, my decision to become a veterinarian further solidified which led me to desire to absorb even more information about the field.

    When I started high school, I selected as many beneficial classes as possible, such as, orientation to health occupations, medical terminology, pre-AP biology, honors chemistry, and honors anatomy and physiology. Since my high school didn't offer a class pertaining specifically to animals or animal medicine, I determined to look elsewhere which is what led me to HOSA. Originally, I had no idea how diverse the competitive events were but when I found out that HOSA offered veterinary science, I was dedicated to the club. Last year, I participated in the veterinary science and behavioral health events and received a silver medal for both. This year I am looking forward to another year of HOSA as treasurer of the club. In addition to this, I am excitedly applying to colleges and scholarships to fulfill the goal that I had since I was 5 to become a veterinarian. I can't wait to see that little girl's dreams come true.

  • meg_1221
    meg_1221 Member Posts: 1 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 18

     HOSA, a four-letter word, an acronym, but most importantly a community. I remember walking in to that first HOSA meeting as a 6th grader. It felt nerve-wracking to know that I would be in a room with my future colleagues and mentors. Throughout all the competitions and meetings, all I could think about was the fact that I was working towards my goal one day at a time. Pediatrics. As far back as I could remember, being a pediatrician was my number one priority. The feeling of helping improve a child’s life always stood out to me as something special. HOSA’s numerous competitions allowed me to focus on my future career while working towards a better tomorrow. The first competition I ever competed in was the Medical Career Display. I stayed up all night gluing minuscule pieces of colored paper onto a large display board to reflect my passion for pediatrics. I didn’t end up placing, but it was the experience that allowed me to reflect on my ideas and improve them for the next competition. HOSA taught me to keep persevering even when it seems hopeless or it feels like you’ve been gluing tiny pieces of paper on a never ending trifold. Over the years, I got more and more involved in HOSA which included blood drives, the national service project, leadership positions, building strong relationships with others, and learning essential skills. These skills are what future health professionals, like ourselves, will need to learn and develop as we journey through our life towards our future careers. Many people believe that the healthcare profession solely applies to the ability of being able to scribble prescriptions and close wounds, but it’s so much more than that. Healthcare is a gift that some people are lucky enough to learn. Healthcare is leadership, team work, kindness, and compassion all wrapped up together to create the experience that patients deserve. Healthcare isn’t just some ordinary thing that you can utilize one day and discard the next. Healthcare is knowledge and knowledge is power. HOSA showed me that this power can be directed towards building my future career and learning how to make an impact on the world through the medical field. HOSA made me feel like I was immersing myself in my future, and it was honestly the best feeling ever. 

    Meghana Nair (Sophomore)

    @HOSA #HOSAScholarshipchallenge

  • casteele_evc_10336
    casteele_evc_10336 Member Posts: 2 👋 | Newcomer
    edited October 19

    My name is Emma Casteel and I go to Lenoir City High School. I started HOSA as a freshman, and now I'm a junior. This year is my third year. HOSA has inspired me so much. This year I decided along with continuing my path of learning in HOSA, I wanted to be a leader. This year, I am Vice president of my school HOSA club and get to help guide others down their path of learning.

    I've known that I wanted to be a healthcare worker since I was 7 years old. My mom was a nurse. Visiting her office and co-workers, I decided that I wanted to help people just like they did. The problem with this is that I never knew how I wanted to help, never knew what I wanted to be. It seemed to change every year: cna, lpn, pediatric doctor, cardiatric surgeon, physical therapist. HOSA helped change that.

    In our school club we do different activities, pertaining to different jobs. One day we were each designated to a different injury and were told to find exercise techniques to help make the injury better, and eventually stronger. I had found so many stretching techniques, and exercises. By also being an athlete, I never realized I could be the one to help trivial breaks and sprains.

    HOSA opened my eyes to so many opportunities, and to what I want to be in the future. It helps me further my education in the direction I want to go. Now, I get to help create activities and talk to our members about different job paths in the medical field.

    Emma Casteel: Junior, Lenoir City High School

    @HOSA #HOSAScholarshipchallenge

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