At a reception in the Community Room on August 27th, Yavapai College announced the recipients of the Jewish Foundation Healthcare Scholarships for 2015. Excitement and gratitude were the catch phrases of the day, as the group of eighteen students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to pursue their chosen healthcare careers. Coming from all walks of life and past experiences, the eighteen scholars expressed one common theme – their desire to help others in our community. Sixteen of the students are enrolled in the Sciences and Health School of Nursing and two students are enrolled in the Allied Health School of Radiologic Technology.
Announced in 2012, the Jewish Foundation Healthcare Scholarship Program is the largest scholarship program in Yavapai College’s history. The scholarship program is designed as a community effort to identify, support, and train students who are committed to pursuing a healthcare career in the local community. The Margaret T. Morris Foundation and Yavapai Regional Medical Center have provided additional funding for 22 nursing scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarships to 118 for the program. Dr. David Hess, president of the Jewish Foundation said: “The program simultaneously supports education and healthcare while ensuring a pipeline of vital healthcare professionals for the local medical community.”
Speaking to the audience of more than one hundred people, that also included the 2014 JCF Scholarship recipients, were Diane Drexler, Chief Nursing Officer of Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Dr. Penny Wills, President of Yavapai College, and Dr. David Hess, President of the Jewish Community Foundation. Each provided words of admiration and encouragement to the scholarship recipients, noting the students were embarking on a demanding but rewarding profession of service to others.