Prescott AZ (September 4, 2012) – The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott (JCF) will provide ninety-six full tuition and fee scholarships over the next five years to Yavapai College students in the nursing and radiologic technology programs. It is the largest scholarship program in Yavapai College’s history. A third partner, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC), also is contributing to the JCF scholarship fund this year.
The first recipients of the 2012 Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott (JCF) scholarships begin their professional studies at Yavapai College this semester, with the first graduates expected in May 2014.
According to JCF President David Hess, M.D., the scholarship program is designed to address the expected shortage of healthcare professionals in coming years, and, the inability of rural communities to effectively compete with urban communities for these highly valued professionals. He added that the Jewish Foundation Healthcare 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 program simultaneously supports education and healthcare,” Dr. Hess further explained, “while ensuring a ‘pipeline’ of vital healthcare professionals for the local medical community.”
Dr. Penny Wills, president of Yavapai College, noted, “This forward-looking gift from the Jewish Community Foundation comes at a time when college affordability and financial resources are significant barriers for many students and their families, especially when the family may have limited funds to help defray the costs of a college education. In providing scholarship support for healthcare students at Yavapai College, JCF has shown a commitment to working in partnership with local organizations to ensure that the highest quality healthcare workforce is available in our community for future generations.”
Christine Witbeck, associate dean of the Yavapai College Nursing School, called the program “an incredible gift” from the Jewish Community Foundation, and added, ”These scholarships are truly a life-changing opportunity which will allow the selected students to focus on their studies and not worry about how to pay for their nursing school education.”
The Jewish Community Foundation nursing scholarship recipients 2012 are:
- JoAnn Beltran, Prescott
- Mary Dennis. Kirkland
- LaRee Gray, Prescott Valley
- Michael McLeod, Dewey-Humboldt
- Michael Kean, Prescott
- Sarah Little, Cottonwood
- Kristen Nelson, Prescott Valley
- Stephanie Reininger, Chino Valley
- Jason Sewell, Prescott
- Linda Thornbro, Prescott
The Jewish Community Foundation radiology scholarship recipients 2012 are:
- Jennifer Jording, Prescott
- Raymond Trujillo, Cottonwood