Grossmont Healthcare District offers scholarships for nursing, health tech students

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs for nursing students and students pursuing careers as medical health technicians.

The Richard Bea RN Memorial Nursing Scholarship is named in honor of former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999.

Students applying for the Bea Nursing scholarship of either $3,000 or $1,500 must provide evidence of current enrollment in a registered nursing program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), along with details about community volunteer work (volunteer work may be within either school or resident community), a letter of recommendation from a nursing instructor and a maximum 500-word essay on the topic “the future of nursing in my community.” Preference will be given to nurses who are new to the profession.

Students applying for the Health Tech Careers scholarship to receive one of up to five non-renewable $2,000 scholarships must write a maximum 400-word essay on the topic “where I will be in my career five years from now.” Eligible occupations for the medical technician scholarship include anesthesiology technician, cardiovascular technician, disability services management, laboratory technician, licensed vocational nurse, occupational therapy assistant, orthopedic technician, pharmacy technician, respiratory therapy technician, speech therapy or speech pathology technician and telemetry/EKG technician.

Applicants for both scholarships must reside within the boundaries of GHD for a minimum of one year, or have graduated from a high school located within the District’s boundaries.

Deadline for applications for both scholarship programs is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Previous recipients of both of these GHD scholarships are not eligible to reapply. For more information or to obtain the criteria and applications for both scholarships, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org/operations/scholarship-programs.

The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.