The Louisiana Association of Health Plans has awarded its annual Gil Dupré Graduate Student Scholarship to two University of New Orleans students.
Chelsea Ardoin and Jasmine Perkins Pate each received $5,000 toward the final semester of their degree programs in New Orleans.
“It’s an honor for our organization to help students on their path to a higher education each year,” said Jeff Drozda, chief executive officer at the LAHP. “Both Chelsea and Jasmine have demonstrated a strong interest in the healthcare field. We’re excited to see what they do once they graduate.”
Ardoin, who is pursuing an Executive M.B.A., works for Healthy Blue, one of Louisiana’s five Healthy Louisiana Medicaid managed care plans. She previously worked as special assistant to the secretary at the Louisiana Department of Health. Ardoin plans to continue working at the Medicaid health plan level following graduation.
Perkins Pate is pursuing an M.B.A. with a concentration in healthcare management. She is an accountant for the City of New Orleans as well as the founder and director of DO It FOR ME, a Christian organization that works to create awareness of HIV/AIDS in New Orleans. Perkins Pate says her goal is to continue being an educator on HIV/AIDS through her organization following graduation.
The Gil Dupré scholarship was established by LAHP as a community service to promote careers in the health insurance and health benefits industry. The award is named for LAHP's founder and long-time chief executive officer who retired in 2012 after a 41-year career in the health benefits industry. Ardoin and Perkins Pate were the year’s only recipients.
Learn more about the University of New Orleans M.B.A. and masters degree programs in healthcare here.