Only the ‘Revised 2/24/16′ application will be accepted.

Health Focus administers an average of $100,000 annually in scholarships to health career students. The funds are generated from grants and private endowment funds, and predominantly aid students in southwest Virginia.

Our scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and potential for completing a health career program. We began our scholarship program in 1966 and have awarded a significant contribution to nearly 5,002 healthcare students for a total of over $3.5 million.

Health Focus Scholarship Details

  • Academic Requirements: GPA must be 2.75 or better before being considered and student must be already accepted into a medical program.  
  • Range of ages for prior recipients: 17 years old to 52 years old
  • Number of Schools: an average of 19 schools have received scholarships
  • Total Awards, 1966-Present: Over $3.5 million to over 5,000 students
  • Recent Scholarship Cycle (2016-17)
    • Total amount given: $87,732
    • Applicants: 131 total applications from 21 schools.
    • Awards: 122 awards were given to 21 schools.

Scholarship Funds Available

Endowment Funds

Some Health Focus scholarships are endowment funds with only the earnings awarded. Currently, our endowment funds total $400,000.

Annual Grant Funds

Health Focus also offers annual grant funds. In 2016-17, the following grants were offered:

Lewis-Gale Nursing Alumni Grant

An annual fund began in September 2013 in honor of Wilma Little Murray, R.N., Lewis-Gale alumnae, class of 1942. Wilma served as an Army Nurse Cadet during World War II. The first recipient of this scholarship award (2014-15) is Sylvia Steele Echols, R.N., also a Lewis-Gale Nursing alumnae.

In 2016-17, the Lewis-Gale Nursing Alumni will award a grant of $51,568 plus investment income on scholarship endowments.

David G. Williamson, Jr. Foundation Grant

A grant of $8,000 will be awarded on behalf of the David G. Williamson, Jr. Foundation.

Nannie Ruth Brown Beavers Family Grant

A grant of $1,000 will be awarded on behalf of the Nannie Ruth Brown Beavers family.

Dates for Applying

We award only one time a year. Scholarship applications are available Feb. 15th and must be postmarked by May 15 to award for the academic year, as displayed below:

For Academic Year
Applications availableFeb 15
Application dueMay 15
Student & schools notifiedJuly 14
Checks sent to schoolsAugust 21

Awarding Process

Our program is unique in that we follow our students after they are awarded a scholarship to ensure they graduate from the medical program we helped fund for them.

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.

The vast majority of funds are awarded to Virginia residents and those attending Virginia schools. There are few funds available for others.

The amount of an award ranges from $250.00 to $3,500.00 and is determined by the expenses to be incurred by the student and school costs. A minimum of 80% of students who apply receive a scholarship.

Award checks are mailed to the schools and deposited directly into the students’ account and will be applied only to tuition, books, uniforms and fee expenses.  Students will be notified by mail whether awarded or denied.

For more information, contact Cindy Hannah, Director of Scholarships at or (540) 444-2925, ext. 202.

Fields of Study Awarded in the Last Two years:

  • Bachelor Science in Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Doctor of Pharmacy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Health & Exercise Science
  • Healthcare Management
  • Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Doctor
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Paramedic
  • Radiology Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

Apply For a Scholarship



Please mail applications to:

Health Focus of Southwest Virginia
Attn: Scholarship Committee
1902 Braeburn Drive
Salem,VA 24153


Scholarship Committee 2016-17

Margaret G. Senter, M.PH., Ph.D, Chairman
Marolyn Geib, R.N.
Sherry McCoy, D.H.
Sydney P. Nordt
Jean Nunn, R.N.
Carolyn Nelson
Teresa Reed
Malinda Sayers
Esther Vaughan, M.S.W.