Black receives 2019 Emerging Health Leaders Scholarship

Jasmine Black

SALINEVILLE — Southern Local High School senior Jasmine Black received the 2019 Emerging Health Leaders Scholarship during the annual HPAC Scholars Day on April 28.

Black, the daughter of Dale and Hoi Wah Black of Wellsville, ranks first in her class with a 4.378 GPA and plans to study medicine at Youngstown State University. The $1,500 scholarship is provided by the Health Path Foundation of Ohio and she was the lone recipient in the state. Black said she was pleased to earn the scholarship and it will help her further her education.

“I’m excited,” she said. “It will help pay for my books.”

She had to submit an application and essay to receive the award. HPAC advisor Nancy Saling said the school organization was the only one of its kind in Columbiana County and many existed across the state, while Black was among hundreds of seniors considered for the award.

“There is only one scholarship and she was the one to receive it,” Saling added.

Black attended Scholars Day at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea with the SLHS chapter, which also includes juniors Harmony Black and Karlie Blissenbach, and presented a poster on “Mental Health Through Self-Image in High School Girls.” HPAC, which stands for Health Profession Affinity Community, was established locally nearly four years ago through the Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine (NEOMED) and AmeriCorps as an extra-curricular activity for students interested in the health profession but also emphasizes community outreach and health disparities. Students work in groups to identify health issues in their community and design a project to improve it.