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PHP Student Scholarship Program

The PHP Scholarship Program is offered to high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in a health-related field. Our goal is to provide today’s youth opportunities for continued success as tomorrow’s healthcare professionals. The scholarship winners will be awarded scholarship monies payable to the student and the accredited post-secondary college, university or technical school.

This year, 2018, marks the 30th year that PHP has offered academic scholarships to Indiana high school seniors pursuing careers in a health-related field with more than $180,000 awarded to students in healthcare career pursuits. 

Our goal is to provide today’s youth opportunities for continued success as tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.

Application Requirements

The selected winners have achieved a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, are PHP members or have attended high school in the PHP service area, and have been accepted to an post-secondary college, university, or technical school. These winners also responded to a scholarship essay topic and were selected among their peers as the top candidates.

Scoring was based on the quality of the application and essay, including, but not limited to: Content, grammar, punctuation, spelling, research documentation and creativity. Also considered was community service including the length of commitment, quality of teamwork and leadership responsibilities in the community, and as well as academic studies, activities, awards, and honors.

Scholarship Recipients

The 2017-2018 scholarship contest question presented to students was related to how society and the healthcare community can lessen social stigma associated with mental illness. The following students have been awarded scholarship monies for thoughtful essay responses to this difficult and challenging question.

1st Place | Ryan McArdle

Ryan McArdle of Spencerville, IN is graduating from Bishop Dwenger High School and plans to pursue a degree in pre-health from the University of Notre Dame, IN. He is the first place winner and $3,000 award recipient.

2nd Place | Emily Vorst

Emily Vorst of Fair Oaks, IN is graduating from Kankakee Valley High School and plans to pursue a degree in nursing from Purdue University Northwest, Westville, IN. She is the second place winner and $2,000 award recipient.

Clayton Hicks: Milford, IN

Clayton Hicks of Milford, IN is graduating from Wawasee High School and will major in biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He is the third place winner and $1,000 award recipient.