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. This program will honor both Dr. Kennett (June 28, 1918 - August 6, 2004) and Gloria (March 11, 1922 - September 16, 2023) in perpetuity with the Kennett Scholarship Endowment.

Today, the Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program provides financial support for student nurses in partnership with the San Francisco State University Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program. Scholarship awards are funded through an annual donor solicitation campaign conducted by the Sequoia Hospital Foundation.

Since 2005, the Kennett Scholarship Program has awarded 140 scholarships to deserving students for a total of $1,602,000.

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.

Kennett Scholarship Reception 3.14.24

Congratulations to the 2024 recipients and appreciation to the generous donors:

  • Andy Baldovino, Gloria Kennett Founders Scholarship
  • Megan Acharya, Dr. William Kennett Memorial Scholarship
  • Madison Sink, Berdine and Cliff Jernigan Scholarship 
  • Christina Kruglikov, Have a Ball Foundation Scholarship
  • Correll Barca-Hall, Robert and Sue O’Donnell Scholarship
  • Amaya Clark, Hannig Sail It Forward Foundation Scholarship
  • Sureena Mann, Anonymous Scholarship
  • Maria-Lucia Campos, Hannig Sail It Forward Foundation/ Pete Uccelli Memorial Scholarship 
  • Jake Tozer, Lavonne and Greg Bullis Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Applications

Thank you for your interest in the Dr. William Kennett Memorial Nursing Scholarship Program. The application timeline begins late summer with announcements on awards during the month of November. 

Questions about the application process?

Please contact the Sequoia Hospital Foundation at (650) 367-5657 or email Sequoia.Foundation@DignityHealth.org.