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ImageFlorida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine announced today that it has signed an affiliation agreement with Broward Health, an agreement that will increase learning opportunities for its medical students in South Florida while expanding access to health care in the region.

The United Health Foundation is providing $1,225,000 in scholarships for the upcoming academic year to more than 200 students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds.

The scholarships, averaging $5,000 per student, are being offered through United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative and are awarded to African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American and Latino and Hispanic students planning to pursue careers in health care.

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. This is the last chance for these young ambassadors to fulfill their life-long dreams.

According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.) President, John Doty, the students are all between the ages of 15 and 18 years, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E. currently has programs to match almost every family's needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools.
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MDC student Ximena Prugue is presented with an award by Phillippe Cousteau (grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau) during the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University event held at UM in April 2010.
Hoping to provide a better way of life for citizens in a remote Indian village, Miami Dade College (MDC) student Ximena Prugue started a campaign last year that would replace harmful kerosene lamps used by the villagers with affordable and healthier solar-powered lights. In less than a year, Prugue’s Giving the Green Light campaign has captured the attention of several national and global leaders, including recent recognition during the Clinton Global Initiative University event held in Miami this past spring.
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