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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.


Application Deadline: December 31, 2017

If you have a passion for resident care and are interested in progressing in your career, the QCHF and The Home Foundations Scholarship Program can provide the funds you need to grow in your profession. Whether you are interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant or advancing your career in nursing, this scholarship can help you get the education you need to make it happen. Four recipients are awarded scholarships of $5,000 each year.

Eligibility Requirements:

·         Current employment at a skilled nursing facility in California

·         Working to become a CNA, CNA-to-LVN, LVN-to-RN, or other nursing certification

·         Planning to continue working at a SNF

This generous scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from The HOME Foundation, a non-profit organization engaged in a mission to enhance the quality of life for seniors in our communities through caring service, fulfilling essential needs, and providing education to caregivers. QCHF partnered with The HOME Foundation in 2016 to offer this scholarship in the hopes of improving educational opportunities for the nurses and nursing assistants in our state’s skilled nursing facilities.

Previous recipients are welcome to reapply each year.

QCHF Career Climb Scholarship Program Honoring Paul Tunnell

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

Long-term care employees, take the next step in your professional development with the QCHF 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

·         A minimum of one year of experience working in the field of long-term care

·         Current employment in the long-term care industry (SNF, NF, ICF/MR) in California

·         Submission of a completed application form, including essay and letter of recommendation

The Career Climb Scholarship Fund began in 1985 as the Feingold Scholarship, with a generous endowment from Dr. Feingold in memory of his late wife, Shirley. In 1995, it became known as the Career Climb Scholarship after a donation from the Life Care Foundation. Ten years later, the name would change again.

During his career, and while serving as CAHF Chairman of the Board, Paul Tunnell made numerous contributions to the Career Climb Scholarship to provide educational opportunities to the employees of long-term care facilities. In 2005, following his passing due to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the scholarship name was amended in his honor. The contributions of individuals like Paul, as well as businesses, have helped provide educational opportunities for long-term care employees and improved the quality of care for the people in their charge.

Scholarships are awarded in amounts between $500 and $2,500. Up to 15 scholarships are awarded annually.


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2016 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Career Climb Scholarship 
Honoring Paul Tunnell recipients!

  • Jeffrey Alipda Cortez, Villa Siena
  • Maria G. Guillen, Herman Health Center
  • Theresa Miller, Totally Kids
  • Josiane Mboroke Mimie, English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Sarah Panggabean, Circle Brook
  • Heidi Papenhausen, Alpine Special Treatment Center Inc.
  • Edlin Preciado, Helen Evans Home
  • Daniela Soares, English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Tamela Tumilty, English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Juana Villa, Landmark Medical Center