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Health Focus awards scholarships annually to students pursuing health career degrees at a Virginia college or university. The scholarship awards are generated from grants and private endowments to provide financial assistance to residents of southwest Virginia. Our scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and the potential for completing a health career program.

The scholarship website will open in January 2023.


Health Focus Scholarship Details

  • Academic Requirements: GPA must be 3.0 or better before being considered and student must be already accepted into a healthcare program.  

  • Range of ages for prior recipients: 18 years old to 52 years old

  • Number of Schools: an average of 20 schools annually participate

  • Total Awards, 1966-Present: Over $3.9 million to over 5,000 students


Recent Scholarship Cycle (2022-2023 Academic Year)

  • Total amount given: $16,077

  • Applicants: 30 total applications.

  • Awards: 16 scholarship awards were given.

Awarding Process

Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need, potential for completing a health career program, sincerity of personal statement, and availability of scholarship funds for the applicant.  Funds are awarded to residents of Southwest Virginia who attend a college or university in the state of Virginia.  Students will be notified by  email whether awarded or denied.


For more information, contact Laurie Gibbons, CEO at or (540) 444-2925. Award checks are mailed directly to the school.  Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, uniforms, and miscellaneous fees, but not for room and board.


Endowment Funds

The majority of awards are granted from endowed funds whose interest is available for annual distribution.  Additional scholarships may be given from one-time grants according to the donors specifications.



Annual Grants Awarded

In 2022-2023 grants were awarded from the following scholarship funds:

  • Nannie Ruth Brown Beavers

  • Arnold R. Burton

  • Jessie Lumsden Caldwell, RN

  • Keith and Martha Edmunds Memorial

  • Judith Fancher Hagadorn

  • James G. Hall, RN Memorial

  • Clara Optiz Hall Memorial

  • Ella Trevey Hester Memorial and Donna Gautier Honorary

  • F. Staley Hester Jr.
  • Wallace S. Klien, Jr Memorial

  • Babe & Sidney Louis (Hyatt) Memorial

  • Shirley T. Murray, RN Memorial

  • Robert T. Picket Memorial

  • Salem Presbyterian Church

  • Salem Rotary Club

  • Ruth B. Thurman, RN Memorial

  • David G. Williamson Memorial

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Fields of Study Awarded in Recent Years

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Dental Hygiene

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery

  • Doctor of Medicine

  • Doctor of Osteopathy

  • Doctor of Pharmacy

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Health & Exercise Science

  • Healthcare Management

  • Licensed Practical Nurse

  • Medical Assistant

  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

  • Master of Public Health

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

  • Physician Assistant

  • Paramedic

  • Radiology Technician

  • Registered Nurse

  • Respiratory Therapy

  • Speech Pathology

  • Wound Ostomy & Continence Nurse



Other Program Information

*Both the Applicant Agreement and School Administration Form must be completed before you can submit the online application


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