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QCHF Scholarship Programs
As part of the Quality Care Health Foundation’s mission to provide educational opportunities to the working professionals in long-term care, we offer two scholarships to up to 19 individuals every year. These scholarships are made possible by the generous contributions of individuals and organizations that, like us, seek to improve the careers of long-term care workers and the lives of those they care for.
Paul Tunnell Career Climb Scholarship

The Paul Tunnell Career Climb Scholarship is named for longtime CAHF member and Board Chair Paul Tunnell. Paul was a licensed nursing home administrator in San Francisco, where he demonstrated daily his genuine appreciation and respect for his staff and residents. His dedication to the profession of long term care and skilled nursing showed in his sense of humor and passion for those he served and guided. It is our hope that the scholarship bearing his name will help foster new long term care/skilled nursing professionals possessing Paul’s tremendous strength of character and empathy.   

Long‐term care employees, take the next step in your professional development with the Paul Tunnell Career Climb Scholarship. This annual scholarship of up to $2,500 is open to anyone currently working in the long‐term care industry with at least one year of experience. No matter what your current position, you can get assistance furthering your educational goals and your career in long‐term care, while improving the quality of care you provide to some of the most vulnerable members of our society. 

Criteria for Application:

  • Applicants must have one year of work experience in long‐term care;
  • Applicants must complete the application form in its entirety, including essay and two (2) letters of reference; 
  • Applicants must be actively employed in the long‐term care industry at the time of application and award; 
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to submit receipts for the use of their scholarship funds for tuition, books, and required materials. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2018

Download Application here. 

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 Career Climb Scholarship 
Honoring Paul Tunnell recipients!

  • Diana Hernandez, Alto Lucero Transitional Care
  • Cathy La Valley, Villa HC Ctr
  • Sara Yanes, Shoreline Care Center
  • Saira  Rehman, English Oaks Nsg & Rehab
  • Rachel Bentley, Community Care on Palm
  • Julia L. Ibarra-Halog, Grossmont Post Acute Care
  • Regina Noriega, Dycora Transitional Health & Living - Community Care
  • Alvin John Tello,  Danish Care Center
  • JoAnn Serrato, Community Care on Palm
  • Shiella Simsuangco, Grossmont Post Acute Care
  • Palwinder Sidhu, Manning Gardens Care Center
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