Stephens College has continued its commitment to the future health sciences by sponsoring Missouri high school students to attend an international conference focused on student leadership earlier this summer.  

“HOSA-Future Health Professionals is the largest international organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the health professions,” said Dr. Brian Sajko, vice president for enrollment management. “We are deeply committed to supporting their efforts and are happy to support our state chapter through the Stephens College School of Health Sciences.” 

As part of that support, Stephens College provided $500 awards to four Missouri HOSA student members to attend the group’s international leadership conference. Students who placed first in competitive events at the Missouri HOSA state leadership conference (held in March) were eligible to apply for the award. Stephens was also a sponsor of that state event where Dr. Julia Moffitt, dean of the School of Health Sciences, also served as a judge.

“We are honored to offer this $500 award to Missouri HOSA competition winners who demonstrated outstanding competency and professionalism throughout the state competition,” Moffitt said.

“Our nation is in a healthcare crisis and solutions are going to be discovered by bright young future healthcare professionals. We want to support their development. Education is our mission and providing access to leadership training in the health sciences supports our mission while benefiting Missouri and all of us.”

The HOSA 42nd Annual International Leadership Conference (ILC) was held on June 19-22 in Orlando, Florida. More than 11,525 health science students, advisers, government and private sector leaders, judges, family, and guests attended with members from the United States, Canada and American Samoa participating. There were 45 Missouri HOSA chapters competing and participating in leadership training and related sessions throughout the multi-day event.

The four recipients of Stephens’ awards were as follows: Harshini Kumaresan from Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, Alex Norrenberns from Mehlville High School, Kassandra Ramos from Farmington High School, and Ellen Tran from Bayless High School.

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