About the Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are studying in the healthcare field at universities or community colleges located in Southeast Michigan. Each student will be awarded $1,000. The Fund will make all grant distributions directly to the student’s affiliated college or university. All colleges and universities must be accredited.

The story behind Younis Mansi Essa

Dena Essa has been a nurse since 1995. It prepared her for her most important patient: Her father, Younis Mansi Essa. He suffered from chronic liver failure and was on dialysis for nearly 21 years. The hospital was his second home. Younis spent much of his time with healthcare professionals, developing meaningful relationships. “They loved him. They loved his smile,” says Dena of her father. Younis, who was born and raised in Palestine, is the driving force behind this scholarship for students pursuing their degrees in the healthcare field.

Learn more about Younis Mansi Essa Here

Applications now open. Applicants MUST download and review application requirements before submitting. Applications due at 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate program at an accredited university or community college in Southeast Michigan
    • A list of eligible schools are located in the application instructions below
  • Must be studying in the healthcare field (i.e. nursing, physician assistants, surgical and ultrasound technicians, respiratory therapists, etc). The scholarship does not support pre-med studies.
  • GPA and Test Scores
    • For high school seniors, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and ACT score of 24 or higher, or SAT score of 1160 or higher
    • For currently enrolled undergraduate students, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Must agree to provide career data upon graduation
  • Must demonstrate financial need and have a completed FASFA on file with the Financial Aid Office
View the full application instructions here 


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