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 employees working in FHCA 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.
The Foundation is funded through individual and corporate donors, along with ongoing support from the Annual Conference Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. Consider making a donation to our scholarship program here.
Career Advancement Scholarships for Long Term Care Employees
Application Deadlines: April 30 and August 30 (5:00 p.m. EST)
Applicants may receive a scholarship award once per year and are welcome to reapply if not awarded during the current award window. For questions about scholarship opportunities, contact Kristen Knapp of FHCA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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.
Special Thanks to Our Scholarship Supporters
FHCA Awards $5,750 in Caregiver Scholarships
In August 2022, FHCA awarded $5,750 in scholarships to assist nine long term care employees with investing in their education to grow their careers in long term care. Three recipients earned an FHCA Career Climb Scholarship Award, which helps the best and brightest working in FHCA member nursing centers and assisted living facilities with advancing their careers in administration and other disciplines. Six front-line caregivers received a Bruce Taylor Scholarship, totaling $3,750 in awards to help these employees achieve their goal of becoming nurses.
Read more about our August 2022 scholarship recipients here.
Hurricane Relief Fund
FHCA has established a Hurricane Relief Fund through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, our 501c(3) tax exempt organization. The fund will benefit employees of FHCA member centers who were affected by Hurricane Ian. Our goal is to assist as many of them as possible through your generous donations. All donations we receive will go directly to those in need.
Learn more about our Hurricane Relief Fund here.