CHICAGO and TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Harmony Health Plan, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), has presented a $2,500 Chicago Defender Charities©, Inc. Bud Billiken® Scholarship to DeJah Jones of Chicago.
Jones, a 2016 graduate of Lindblom Math and Science Academy, is continuing her education at Northern Michigan University and plans to study nursing.
The Chicago Defender Charities Bud Billiken Scholarship Program is designed to encourage students to further their education to advance the state of the communities in which they live. Chicago Defender Charities believes that by investing in the education of today's youth, they will have a greater potential to positively impact their communities in the future. Since its inception in 2003, more than 300 students have received more than $1.5 million in scholarships.
Scholarship applications were evaluated based on financial need and academic achievement. Applicants must also show proof of 40 hours of community service and submit an essay on the importance of community service.
"Education leads to better jobs and incomes, which is linked to people living longer, healthier lives," said Dr. Robin L. Jones, medical director, Harmony Health Plan. "We share Chicago Defender Charities' commitment to support education to improve the lives of those who live in our communities. Harmony is proud to support deserving students like DeJah Jones in achieving their dreams."
"The Chicago Defender Charities is committed to providing scholarships for our youth," said
Dr. Marc A. Sengstacke, executive director of Chicago Defender Charities. "We thank Harmony Health Plan for its efforts to support a brighter future for our youth and their communities."
For more information on Chicago Defender Charities, visit http://www.budbillikenparade.org/.
As of June 30, 2016, WellCare and Harmony Health Plan serve approximately 211,000 members in Illinois, including 168,000 Medicaid members, 15,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 28,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2016. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.
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