The Dr. Omega Logan Silva Healthcare Legacy Scholarship honors her life and commitment to supporting economically disadvantaged women aspiring to pursue careers in healthcare.
- A candidate for graduation from an accredited high school or a student already pursuing a degree in higher education, vocational, or graduate school.
- The candidate must be from or attending a school in the Mid-Atlantic with plans to work in the same region upon program completion.
- The candidate must be planning to attend or already attending a post-secondary institution, including vocational training, from an accredited institution.
- Fit the category of an economically disadvantaged woman.
- Solid academic achievement.
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at an accredited institution.
- Maintain satisfactory performance at vocational school.
- Significant involvement in school and community activities.
- Submit the application with all sections completed to The Healthcare Council by February 1st.
- Two letters of recommendation (from non-relatives) speaking to the character, integrity, and uniqueness of the applicant must be submitted to The Healthcare Council by February 1st.
- Answer all questions completely.
- Include a copy of high school transcript and Activity Sheet or transcript showing college courses or vocational certifications, reflecting school and community activities, as well as any awards and recognition received.
- Finalists will be interviewed by the selection committee in early March.
- The scholarship will be presented at The Healthcare Council’s Employee of the Year and McNulty Award Ceremony on March 14th, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
- The recipient's essay will be printed in the ceremony program.
If the scholarship recipient chooses to postpone her college/vocational education, the scholarship may be reserved for up to one year from the date of graduation.
About Dr. Omega Logan Silva
Dr. Omega Logan Silva made significant contributions to the field of medicine, leaving an indelible mark as the first African American woman Research Associate in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in D.C. She pursued groundbreaking research in endocrinology, notably being the first to describe the production of calcitonin from small cell carcinoma of the lung in humans. Her dedication continued as the Assistant Chief of Endocrinology, where she ran the Diabetic Clinic from 1977-1996. Dr. Silva's passion for healthcare extended to academia, holding positions at Howard University College of Medicine and George Washington University. Her legacy lives on through the Healthcare Council Board, where she served for over fifteen years.