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CHW Certification Scholarship Program Submission 3
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The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA), in an effort to encourage continuing education and Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification in Michigan health centers, will be offering scholarships to member health centers to support the future growth of the CHW role in providing patient enabling services and community linked supports.


MPCA is awarding $1,000 scholarships per CHW to financially support the certification training of CHWs who attend, or have attended, a Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance sponsored CHW Certification training.


This scholarship opportunity is competitive and funds are limited. Scholarship applications will be awarded based on the completion of the application, letter of recommendation from the CHWs lead supervisor, and details provided within the CHW's 300 - 500 word personal essay. Scholarship preference will be given to CHWs currently working on MPCA supported programs and initiatives.


All applications must be submitted to MPCA by September 1, 2017 and CHWs must complete certification training on or before December 8,2017.



The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) established the Community Health Worker Scholarship to assist member health centers in financially supporting current Community Health Workers (CHW) who have not participated in a Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance sponsored CHW Certification Training. MPCA will reimburse participating health centers with the $1000 scholarship to cover the cost of training, or travel expenses upon the receipt of a photocopy of the CHW's training certificate of completion.




To be eligible for a Community Health Worker Certification Scholarship, a candidate must

  • Be employed by an MPCA member health center.
  • Complete the Scholarship application in its entirety.
  • Be a current Community Health Worker and/or health center employee acting or providing support to patients in a CHW capacity.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor and a personal essay highlighting the current CHW position and job responsibilities.
  • Be committed to working in primary care in underserved areas in the community.
  • Have completed between January - May 2017, or currently enrolled in an approved CHW training program (prior to the release of the scholarship) are eligible to apply. 
  • NOTE: Failure to follow all these instructions may be cause for rejecting your application


Submission Requirements

  • Letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor
  • Professional Resume
  • Up-to-date job description
  •  Personal essay based on guidelines set forth below


Essay Guidelines

With your completed application form, include your answers to the following questions in 300 - 500 word personal essay. Essays should not be longer than 500 words.



Terms and Conditions

Grantees will receive scholarship payment upon proof of completing  of the MiCHWA sponsored CHW certification training. CHWs must submit a photo copy of a training certificate no later than December 8, 2017 in order to receive their financial award.


By submitting my application for the MPCA Community Health Worker Scholarship, I certify that the information submitted in this application is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge, and i will notify MPCA of any charges to the in formation provided.


By submitting an application, you grant MPCA permission to use your application material for promotional purposes and agree to participate in promotional activities, as requested by the Association and/or scholarship sponsors.


If you have any questions, contact Brittani Barkley at or 517-381-1888   



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