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EMPOWER Scholarships

The EMPOWER (Encourage Minority Participation in Occupations with Emphasis on Rehabilitation) Scholarship, administered by Courage Kenny Foundation, encourages and supports ethnically diverse students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field.

The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from the David M. Hersey Endowment Fund of the Courage Kenny Foundation.

Applicants must identify how they will use their education and training and demonstrate their interest in rehabilitation. Selection is based on the applicant’s stated intentions, past achievements, need, and graduation ranking. 

Please complete online application by Friday, April 15, 2022.

2021 EMPOWER scholarship winners

The 2021 recipients are Sruthi Subramamian and Tierra Prescott. Congratulations and best wishes to both women on their educational goals. 


Subramamian will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota this fall. She will have an interdisciplinary major in Biology, Society and the Environment with a goal of becoming a pediatric Neurologist. She created an eleven-minute video recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and has been active at the U of M Center for Orphan Drug Research.


Prescott is pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota. She has worked as a physical therapist at Regions Hospital where she helped lead research comparing functional outcomes between patients of color and white patients. She is passionate about empowering women and decreasing racial bias in medical care.