Florida’s Advocate for Long Term Care
Providers and the Elders They Serve

Scholarships

Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization that was established by the Florida Health Care Association in 1983 to promote scholarship programs for nurses and caregivers working in member facilities. Additionally, the Foundation seeks private funding through foundations, grants and other contributions to assist member facilities with continuous quality improvement programs and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. In 2006, the Foundation was awarded a two-year grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to develop and promote emergency planning products and training materials for nursing homes in Florida and the southern coastal states, which can be found here. 

Educational Scholarship Opportunities

Application Deadlines: April 30, August 30 & November 30

Bruce Taylor Scholarship Application
This program assists the best and brightest among our members' nursing staff to achieve a higher level of education in a field related to long term care nursing. Applicants should be employed in a FHCA member facility with a length of employment of at least six (6) months; be currently accepted in an accredited school to become a LPN, RN, or ARNP; and be willing to pledge that, upon successful completion of all coursework and licensure as a LPN, RN, or ARNP, will work as such in a FHCA member facility for at least one year.

This scholarship was named after Bruce Taylor, FHCA President from 1980-82, who was instrumental in moving the association to Tallahassee and negotiated on the Gainesville Plan, Florida's first-ever Medicaid reimbursement plan for nursing centers. During FHCA's 1983 Annual Conference, the first annual scholarship awards from the Bruce Taylor Scholarship fund were made. A generous contribution from Ross Laboratories established the fund, with a significant donation made by the family of the late Bruce Taylor to perpetuate the scholarship.

Career Climb Scholarship Application
Established through an initial grant from the Life Care Centers of America with ongoing support from the annual FHCA Scholarship Golf Tournament, this program promotes advancement in non-nursing long term care careers for selected member nursing home and assisted living facility employees. Applicants should be employed in a FHCA member facility with a length of employment of at least six (6) months; be currently accepted in course of study (other than nursing) in an accredited school; and be willing to pledge that, upon successful completion of all coursework and any certifications which may be required for practice, will work as such in a FHCA member facility for at least one year.