First Choice Member Scholarship Applications Due March 15

First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina is offering two scholarships to qualified applicants furthering their education or pursuing a second career in 2014. The annual First Choice member scholarship program is open to all First Choice members.  Applications are due by Saturday, March 15. Select Health offers the First Choice Medicaid health plan to South Carolina residents and is part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies.

The First Choice member scholarship program began in 2010, when Select Health pledged $200,000 over 10 years to members of the community through its Caring10 initiative. Applications and complete information about this scholarship program are available at

“Education is the key to opportunity,” said Cindy Helling, executive director of Select Health. “These scholarships help deserving recipients advance their education and career goals and expand their horizons.”

To date, six recipients have benefitted from this scholarship, attending such schools as Charleston Southern University, Claflin University, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

Select Health of South Carolina Mission:
To help people get care, stay well and build healthy communities.

Incorporated in 1995, Select Health was licensed as a Health Maintenance Organization by the South Carolina Department of Insurance in 1996. Later that year, the company contracted with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to offer First Choice, the state’s oldest and largest health plan for Healthy Connections, South Carolina’s Medicaid program. First Choice currently serves more than 282,000 members in all 46 counties.

Select Health is dedicated to providing access to high quality health care. First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina is the highest nationally ranked health plan for South Carolina Healthy Connections at #40 on the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s (NCQA's) Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2013-2014. (Note: The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) uses other criteria for evaluating and ranking the performance of health plans serving Medicaid beneficiaries.) To view these results, please visit Select Health also holds NCQA’s Multicultural Health Care Distinction.

Select Health is a wholly-owned member of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, one of the nation's leaders in health care solutions for those most in need, which serves more than 5 million members nationwide.