Health Care Career Scholarship Program

Health Care Career Scholarship Program

For scholarship program details, eligibility requirements, applications and forms, deadlines, and nomination and recommendation parameters, visit the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Health Care Career Scholarship website

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 are awarded annually to qualified seniors at 140 public high schools in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area, which spans from north of Longview, Washington, to Eugene, Oregon.

Of the more than 1,471 students who have received more than 1,684 Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarships since the program’s inaugural year (2008 to 2009):

  • 71% are first-generation college-bound students
  • 69% are from diverse backgrounds
  • 60% are economically disadvantaged
  • 58% are bilingual

Scholarships 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 awards are split into 2 equal payments distributed in the 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 nonacademic 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 Consultant 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 through 2014. Learn more about the results of the evaluation of the scholarship program here and read the full report here.

2020 Recipients

Scholarships totaling $550,000 were awarded to 67 high school seniors and 14 college students in 2020. Recipients were celebrated virtually through a recognition video.