Community Benefit at the Nurse Scholars Academy

The Deloras Jones Scholarship

The Deloras Jones Scholarship recognizes outstanding academic achievement and promotes diversity among ADN, BSN, master’s, and doctoral students. The scholarship was established in 2000 following the retirement of Deloras Jones, who spent her more than 35 year career at Kaiser Permanente, starting as a student at the Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing in the 1960s and retiring as Senior Nurse Executive for Northern and Southern California. The fund acknowledges the commitment and contributions Jones made to nursing education and excellence in nursing practice. 120 awards were distributed in the Northern California region in 2017. Since the scholarship’s inception, approximately $5 million has been given to more than 2,000 nursing students statewide.

The 2017 scholarship awardees and their families were honored at a reception in December. The event was a reminder of Kaiser’s commitment and connection to the community and the future of nursing.

LookInsideKP story on the Deloras Jones Scholarship program:

To see photos of Deloras Jones with the 2017 awardees, their classmates and family members, visit the gallery linked below:

2017 Deloras Jones Scholarship Awards Ceremony – Photo Gallery

For photos from the 2016 event see this link:

2016 Deloras Jones Scholarship Awards Ceremony – Photo Gallery

Youth Career Day

Launched in 2013, Youth Career Day exposes youth interested in pursuing a career in health care to diverse opportunities in the industry through realistic, interactive scenarios and simulations. Held at Kaiser Permanente’s Sidney Garfield Innovation Center, the event provides a detailed look at a wide range of health care settings, providing an experience that goes well beyond a typical job shadow experience.

Over May 2-3, 2017, 300 students, along with faculty and chaperones, were introduced to a variety of activities and simulated health scenarios, led by 150 Kaiser volunteers. To see photos of the 2017 event, visit the gallery linked below:

In addition, the event received media coverage:

  • One Frame: Learning About a Career in Medicine
    Dan Honda, East Bay Times, May 4 2017
    YCD - News Article

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