Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program

Following the passing of Dr. William Kennett, a long-time Sequoia Hospital physician and founding member of the Sequoia Hospital Foundation, his widow, Gloria Kennett envisioned a scholarship program in his memory to help train highly-skilled, compassionate care professionals as well as address the global nursing shortage. Today, the Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program provides financial support for student nurses in the Sequoia Hospital/San Francisco State University Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program. 

Since 2005, the Kennett Scholarship Program has awarded 106 scholarships to deserving students for a total of $1,152,000.  Many of the program’s students are pursuing training in nursing as a second career and these scholarship awards make possible a life-long desire to work as a health care professional, caring for others in their community.  We are honored that many of the scholarship recipients go on to work at Sequoia Hospital, within the Dignity Health system or at other local facilities.

Scholarship awards are funded through an annual donor solicitation campaign conducted by the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

Proogram Update: Spring 2020

Since March of 2020, in response to the spread of COVID-19, several developments have significantly impacted students in the San Francisco State University (SFSU) nursing program, including our recent Kennett Scholarship recipients.  Across the university system, all in-person classwork was moved to an online remote learning platform. Students completed this semester’s coursework and exams from their homes where they were sheltering in place.  Concurrently, all onsite clinical education in area hospitals was suspended.  This included students working and learning at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital and all other hospitals. It was no longer appropriate to have students in the care environment and to have the attention of nurse educators focused on anything other than their patients’ care.

At the present time, hospitals are not able to predict when they will be able to allow nursing students to return for clinical education.  This direct patient experience is necessary for the students’ learning and is a requirement for their education and future licensing.  With this in mind, the SFSU nursing program made the extremely difficult decision to delay admissions of new students until the fall of 2021.

The university’s delay in admissions means there will be no students eligible to receive the Sequoia Hospital Foundation’s Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarships this year. 

We look forward to resuming our awards in 2021 and invite you to make a gift in support of our scholarship endowment fund to benefit future awards.

Scholarship Applications

Questions about the application process? Please contact Alex Wright at alex.wright@dignityhealth.org or at 650.367.5676.