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.