Encouraging Excellence and Innovation was the focus of the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation's annual Health Care Scholarship. In this competitive scholarship, the Foundation assisted deserving individuals interested in improving their abilities to provide quality care in Kansas. Any individual who was currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited Kansas school for health care was invited to apply. Preference was given to current hospital employees, particularly those working in a hospital that is licensed for 25 or fewer acute beds. Awards were given in the following categories:
Nursing: undergraduate students in nursing (KHERF)
Graduate: graduate level students in any health care discipline (KHERF)
Future Faculty: students pursuing education necessary to become health care faculty (KHERF)
Health Care: undergraduate students in non-nursing health care fields (KHERF)
Health Care Administration: students in health care administration (KAHCE)
Human Resources: students in hospital human resource-related fields (KHHRA)
Scholarship Program Partners
The Kansas Association of Health Care Executives provides scholarships to individuals seeking a degree in health care administration.
To support those working in human resources, the Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association provides scholarships to be given to individuals wanting to work in HR in a hospital setting.
In the 15th Annual Health Care Scholarship Program, KHERF partnered with KHHRA and KAHCE to provide 32 scholarships totaling $24,000. Thirty-four honorable mention awardees also were named to serve as alternates.
KHERF received 150 applications from 125 individuals in 2016. Each application was considered by KHERF's Scholarship Review Committee according to established criterion.
Congratulations to the recipients and their hospitals. A complete list of recipients and honorable mention alternates is attached.