First Class of JCF Healthcare Scholars

Graduate Yavapai College Programs

At pinning ceremonies on May 7th and July 23rd and at the formal graduation ceremony of May 10th, the first class of Jewish Foundation Healthcare Scholars graduated from the Nursing School program and Radiologic Technology program at Yavapai College. The eight graduates included: Mary Dennis, LaRee Gray, Michael Kean, Sarah Little, Stephanie Reininger, Jason Sewell, and Linda Thornbro from the nursing program and Jennifer Jording from the radiology program. An additional three recipients of scholarships are scheduled to graduate from the nursing program on December 12th.

Entering their perspective fields of study in August of 2012, these students spent countless hours in the classroom, on their clinical rotations, and studying their textbooks to obtain their dream of becoming a healthcare professional. Each of these students successfully passed their licensing examination and has fulfilled their ‘promise’ to stay in Yavapai County to work in their field of specialty.

When asked about the first graduating class, JCF president, David Hess, said: “The Jewish Foundation takes great pride that these students have excelled in their studies and will now provide much needed health care services for our community. Over the next four years the program will graduate an additional forty-four healthcare professionals who will provide care for the residents of our local communities.”

Of special note are the accomplishments of two of the JCF Scholars:

Michael Kean – at the May 7th nurses’ pinning ceremony, Michael was awarded the Scholarship Award, an award given to the student with the highest scholastic achievements during the demanding two-year program.

Sarah Little – at the May 7th nurses’ pinning ceremony, Sarah was awarded the Leadership Award, an award given to the outstanding student of the graduating class.

When asked about the impact her JCF Scholarship Sarah said: “The scholarship was a godsend. Having my tuition and fees covered every semester by the Jewish Community Foundation was a tremendous help. Beyond that, just to know that they believed in me, that was a real honor.” Presently, Sarah is working as a staff nurse at the Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood.


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