Grossmont Healthcare District offers scholarships for nursing, health tech students


2016 GHD Scholarship Recipients

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

Nursing students are invited to apply for a scholarship of up to $3,000. Applicants 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 nursing students. The nursing scholarship, called the Richard Bea RN Memorial Nursing Scholarship, is named after 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.

Health tech students are invited to apply for a non-renewable, $2,000 scholarship. Applicants 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. Health tech scholarships are awarded based on merit of responses rather than a certain number of awards per occupation.

Deadline to receive applications for both scholarship programs is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Applicants for both scholarship programs 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. Previous recipients of either of these GHD scholarships are not eligible to reapply. For more information and to obtain the criteria and applications for both scholarships, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org/operations/scholarship-programs.

To encourage young people to consider the health care industry when making their early career choices, Grossmont Healthcare District has also allocated scholarship funds for high school graduates attending a school within the boundaries of the District during school year 2016-2017. Please see the High School Health Career scholarship page for information on participating schools and contact your school guidance counselor for more information.

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.