Education and Scholarships

Medicine is constantly improving, creating new ways to treat and care for the senior community. Our education programs focus on helping healthcare professionals and caregivers have up-to-date information to better help their patients.

Here at HOME Foundation we understand that the best advocates for patients are their caregivers who continuously seek to close the gap among the vast medical information, latest studies, and technological advancements available.

In addition, our scholarship programs can facilitate larger access, helping more caregivers and healthcare professionals have the information they need.

Scholarship Opportunity:


Quality Care Health Foundation (QCHF) / HOME Foundation scholarship program

If you have a passion for resident care and are interested in progressing in your career, QCHF and The HOME Foundation Scholarship Program can provide the funds you need to grow in your profession. Whether you are interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant or advancing your career in nursing, this scholarship can help you get the education you need to make it happen. Four recipients are awarded scholarships of $5,000 each year.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current employment at a skilled nursing facility in California
  • Working to become a CNA, CNA-to-LVN, LVN-to-RN, or other nursing certification.
  • Planning to continue working at a SNF


This scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from The HOME Foundation, a non-profit organization engaged in a mission to enhance the quality of life for seniors in our communities through caring service, fulfilling essential needs, and providing education to caregivers. QCHF partnered with The HOME Foundation in 2016 to offer this scholarship in the hopes of improving educational opportunities for the nurses and nursing assistants in our state’s skilled nursing facilities.

Previous recipients are welcome to reapply each year.

Nominate someone in your facility that you think could use a scholarship from the HOME Foundation to fulfill a dream.

Details and scholarship application can be found at

Utah Scholarships Awarded in 2018

Awarded a $10,000 scholarship

Anginette Wright

Anginette is a mother of four biological children and a foster son who has special needs. Her husband also has medical needs that burden their family financially. Anginette’s ambition and grit have helped her to financially support her family. She has worked on our member ICF/ID facilities for four years, and she is studying to become a nurse. Her goal is to earn her BSN and continue to work at Medallion Manor, as she loves the residents and feels she makes a difference in their lives.

Roberto Benvenutto

Roberto has worked as a CNA for over 15 years and currently works for St. Joseph Villa. He considers working in LTC a blessing, and he loves getting the chance to learn from other people’s experiences. He enjoys working with the residents, many of whom have expressed sincere gratitude to him. Roberto is the first member of his family to attend college in the US and he currently attends school at Salt Lake Community College. He hopes to graduate in 18 months.

Each of these recipients was awarded a $5,000 scholarship through the Utah Healthcare Association.

Renee Reyes

Renee has worked in long-term care since 2007 and currently works for Pine Creek Rehab. She started out as a CNA, which sparked her appreciation and respect for the elderly. Renee enjoys spending time with and caring for her residents. Her love for her job and family is shown through her actions. She not only works full time, but she also attends college so that she can financially support her son and provide him with a good life. When Renee is done with school, she hopes to advance to nurse leadership positions.

Antonio Tinajero

Antonio has worked for Mt. Ogden Health & Rehab for two years as a CNA. He loves working in LTC and getting to know the residents and their individual needs. His influence and work are important and make a real difference. This scholarship will allow him to afford to go to school and become a nurse, one of his lifelong dreams.

Shauna Coughlan

Shauna has worked in an ICF/ID facility since 1996 and is currently the lead home manager. She is raising four children, working full time, and going to school full time. When she is not busy working or studying, Shauna is with her family. She loves watching movies and going on walks with her children and husband. One of Shauna’s favorite activities with her husband is riding motorcycles through the mountains. Shauna is especially grateful for this scholarship, as it will pay for her remaining four semesters of school and allow her to focus more on her children. She is currently pursuing nursing so that she can continue to provide for her family and serve those in need.

Carrie Phillips

Carrie currently lives in Ogden, Utah. Her hobbies include listening to music, playing with her pet bird, and spending time with her family. She has worked in LTC for five years and is currently in nursing school. Carrie started her medical journey as a CNA, which helped her develop a passion for nursing. She loves the residents, who inspire her to do her best and be better every day. Carrie also received a $2,000 HOME Foundation scholarship in 2017, and this new scholarship will allow Carrie to obtain her Bachelor of Nursing and even her Master of Nursing. She hopes to be able to help her mother and family with expenses once she has her RN degree. In the future, Carrie would like to be involved in hospice care and travel nursing.

Nathan Everett

Nathan has worked in LTC since 2013 and currently works for St. Joseph Villa. He is a single father of two. He enjoys annual Yellowstone camping trips with his kids every summer as well as gardening, canning, and cooking. When Nathan isn’t spending time outdoors or with his children, he is enjoying his time interacting with the residents, especially the patients with memory care needs. He hopes to earn his degree, work in nursing management roles, and ultimately one day become an administrator.

Quality Care Health Foundation Scholarships Awarded in 2017

Edward Duenas, Jr.

“I currently wish to obtain my LVN as a stepping stone towards my RN. I have been working with my current employer and Gurnik Academy to arrange both a work and school schedule that will allow me to attend and continue with my current position.”

LaCosta Oakman

“I plan to own a Skilled Nursing Facility or Independent Living Facility where patients are related like family. I’m excited to use this scholarship to further my education in the healthcare industry.”

Victoria Rodriguez

“My goal is to become an RN and possibly move to become an assistant director of nursing. I’m grateful for this scholarship and will use it to help with my costs of finishing my prerequisites and going to RN school.”

Utah Scholarships Awarded in 2017

The HOME Foundation is pleased to announce its commitment to give $40,000 in scholarships to current and future nurses in 2018. With the help of the Utah Health Care Association (UHCA), this scholarship money will be disbursed to deserving Utah residents; recipients will use the funds to become certified nursing assistants or otherwise advance their careers in nursing. This scholarship is made possible by generous contributions from donors to the HOME Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be able to work in a UHCA-member facility throughout the term of the scholarship.
  • Candidates must have at least two (2) years of experience working in a long-term care or assisted living facility.

Awarded a $10,000 scholarship

Heidi Thomas


“Thank you to the HOME Foundation. This has made my dreams come true. It is truly a privilege to have won this scholarship.”

Ashley Davis


“I am feeling very overwhelmed and thankful to the HOME Foundation for this opportunity. Thank you.”

Awarded a $2,000 scholarship

Ashley Brown

Carrie Phillips


“Thank you for this opportunity. It’s amazing to know they give out these scholarships to nursing students that have a nursing goal in mind and the HOME Foundation allows me to do that.”

Debra Smith


“It blows my mind to think someone is that generous to give money to help others. I don’t think a ‘thank you’ is enough. It’s an honor to have received this scholarship from the HOME Foundation.”

Derek McCutcheon


“This is a great opportunity for people, it gives a drive into the nursing career. I want to give the elderly the care they truly need. This change is going to help me give more personalized care. I want to be there and to provide choices.”

Kelly Craignyle


“I am very excited and honored to have been awarded a scholarship from the HOME Foundation. A big thank you to everyone and all their sponsors.”

Quality Care Health Foundation Scholarships Awarded in 2016

Eboni Robinson

“With this scholarship, I am furthering my education in nursing,” says recent scholarship winner Eboni Robinson. “This is something I’ve dreamed about doing for quite some time now…I am so humbled and thankful for the HOME Foundation.”

Leila Samudio

“My career goal is to take the steps needed to obtain my nursing degree and eventually become a registered nurse,” says Leila Samudio, recent HOME Foundation scholarship recipient. “I plan to use my scholarship to pay for my education in nursing.”

Katherine Carter

“I plan to use this scholarship money to pay off my student loans as I work towards becoming an LVN or RN. Nursing has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I’m excited to take my CNA schooling to the next level!”

The fourth recipient of the scholarship was Tamela Tumility of Modesto, CA.

Education and Scholarships

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