Health Care Career Scholarship Program

Health Care Career Scholarship Program

For applicants:

Scholarship application

Scholarship details — high school students

Scholarship eligibility — college students

For high school teachers and counselors:

Scholarship presentation

Health Care Careers Exploration presentation

Nominating a student

For college student recommenders & advisors:

Recommendations and advising verifications

About the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship

In 2008, Kaiser Permanente Northwest founded the Health Care Career Scholarship Program to help students in Oregon and Southwest Washington achieve their dreams of becoming health care professionals. Since then, Kaiser Permanente Northwest has invested more than $3.6 million in the program, including scholarship awards totaling nearly $3.4 million.

Scholarships were awarded annually to at least one qualified senior at each of 139 public high schools in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area, which spans from north of Longview, Washington, to Eugene, Oregon.

Of the more than 1,200 students who have received more than 1,400 Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarships since the program’s inaugural year (2008-2009):

  • 71% are first-generation college-bound students.
  • 68% are from diverse backgrounds.
  • 60% are economically disadvantaged.
  • 62% are bilingual.

Beginning this 2019-2020 application cycle, scholarship amounts for college-bound high school seniors in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to the most qualified applicants from across all eligible high schools. The $5,000 and $10,000 awards are split into two equal payments distributed in fall of the first and second years of college.  All awards are nonrenewable.

Once scholarship recipients have reached their second year of college, they are eligible to:

  • Apply to be considered for an additional one-time scholarship to be utilized toward their third year of college.
  • Apply for paid summer internships at Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser Scholars are considered a key talent pool for summer internship positions).

The scholarship program aims to facilitate the entrance of diverse and/or economically or socially disadvantaged students into college and the health care professions. However, all students who meet the basic eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria, with the majority of the evaluation focused on non-academic information:

  • Academic achievement
  • Engagement in activities (extracurricular, community service, and/or work)
  • Commitment to a career in health care
  • Character qualities
  • Diversity characteristics
  • Economic and/or social disadvantage

For more information about the Health Care Career Scholarship Program, please see the application web site, which includes a comprehensive “Frequently asked questions” section. Still have questions? Contact the Community Health and Education Specialist for Community Health Careers at

Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship impacts students

Results of a comprehensive external evaluation of the Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program conducted by Education Northwest reveal that the scholarship is reaching diverse and economically/socially disadvantaged students, contributes to recipients’ motivation to attend college, and helps make it financially possible for them to attend college.

The evaluation spanned the scholarship program years 2009–2014. Learn more about the results of the evaluation of the scholarship program here and read the full report here.

2019 Recipients

Scholarships totaling $555,000 were awarded to 147 high school seniors and 25 college students in 2019. Recipients were celebrated at an awards ceremony in May 2019.