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 ninety-eight scholarships to deserving students for a total of over $1 million.  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.

Changes to the Nursing Program

Beginning in 2019 the San Francisco State University Bachelor of Science Nursing program will relocate from Cañada College to the College of San Mateo. This relocation brings together the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program with an Associates Degree program in nursing already located at the College of San Mateo. The result is a strategic consolidation of resources and highly-skilled educators onto one campus for the benefit of all students. 

With this move, BSN students will gain access to the state-of-the-art nursing simulation facilities located on campus at the College of San Mateo. The simulator labs, including both adult and pediatric simulations, replicate the essential elements of the clinical setting to provide a dynamic, realistic and safe learning environment. This training augments both classroom education and hands-on bedside experience.

Concurrent to this move, unfortunately, students will see an increase in total program tuition from $25,200 to $39,200.  It was fortunate, though highly unusual, that tuition in the program was able to remain unchanged for as many years as it did but it now must rise as is consistent with other public and private universities.  (By comparison, tuition for a similar BSN program on the peninsula is $75,348!) The cost of housing in the bay area, combined with tuition, underscores the importance of our scholarships in making a quality nursing education possible for these students.

Perhaps most importantly, regardless of this change, both San Francisco State University and Sequoia Hospital are committed to continuing this successful partnership and the Sequoia Hospital Foundation remains committed to our scholarship program.  Since the program’s inception, students have received the highest quality of instruction from Sequoia’s nurses.  Staff nurses, many whom were former graduates of the program, currently serve as preceptors and clinical faculty for the program.  This spirit of giving back at Sequoia is what keeps San Francisco State University committed to keeping our partnership.

Scholarship Applications

The 2019 scholarship application period has ended.  Please check back in the summer of 2020 for information regarding our next application cycle.

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