BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-To increase the number of minority healthcare executives, the Alabama Hospital Association has awarded its first annual minority scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship is intended to cover tuition, books and living expenses for one year. "We don't have many minority executives in Alabama," said Rosemary Blackmon, an association spokeswoman. Of 140 hospital chief executive officers in Alabama, two are African-American and two are women, she said. A spokeswoman for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, Atlanta, said Alabama's is believed to be the first state hospital association with a minority scholarship program. The scholarship was awarded to Tara Sallee, who interned at Bryce Hospital, Tuscaloosa, after receiving her bachelor's of science degree in healthcare management from the University of Alabama in 1993. She has been working as a legislative aide to Rep. Earl Hilliard (D- Ala.). Sallee plans to enroll this fall in the master of health administration program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.