2014 Recipients of Jewish Foundation
Healthcare Scholarships Announced
At a reception in the Community Room on August 28th, Yavapai College announced the recipients of the Jewish Foundation Healthcare Scholarships for 2014. Excitement and gratitude were the catch phrases of the day, as the group of fifteen students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to pursue their chosen healthcare careers. Coming from all walks of life and past experiences, the fifteen scholars expressed one common theme – their desire to help others in our community. Twelve of the students are enrolled in the Sciences and Health School of Nursing and three 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 has provided funding for an additional four nursing scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarships to 102 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 2013 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.
At the conclusion of the event, Jewish Foundation trustees, Jan Simmons, and Dr. Hess, a retired cardiologist, presented each of the nursing scholarship recipients with a stethoscope engraved with the student’s name and each of the radiologic technology students with a set of engraved X-ray markers. These gifts will accompany these energetic and committed individuals throughout their journey as healthcare professionals.