Doctoral student honored with national scholarship

Third-year UNC nursing doctoral student Nakia Best is among a select group of only 16 students nationwide to receive the honor of a 2015 Macy’s Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship. The scholarship, awarded by Macy’s Multicultural Fund in partnership with the American Heart Association, supports minority students pursuing degrees in the health care profession.

“The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship will provide the means to help me to focus on my studies and complete my doctoral education,” said Best. Currently a full-time doctoral student at the UNC School of Nursing, Best said her ultimate goal is to become a tenured faculty member where she can continue making contributions to the nursing professionals by conducting research and educating nursing students at all levels.

Despite gains in recent years, minorities continue to be underrepresented in many areas across the health care sector. One goal of increasing diversity in nursing and other professions is to help reduce health disparities that put minorities at higher risk for heart disease and other health problems.

According to program organizers, the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarships seek to improve health care by helping to break the barriers of culture and language that separate patients from health-care providers.

The UNC School of Nursing has a strong track record of promoting an environment that embraces racial, ethnic and cultural differences. Through our Office of Multicultural Affairs, we foster cultural sensitivity in teaching, learning, practice, and research. These goals are advanced by minority student recruitment and scholarships, regular lecture series, professional development activities, and social initiatives.