Palm Health Foundation Recognizes 2019 Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Palm Health Foundation recognized thirty-nine nursing scholarship recipients at a reception on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach.  More than 75 attendees comprised of scholarship donors, students and family members, and nursing leaders came together to congratulate and share inspiring words with the next generation of Palm Beach County nurses.

Palm Health Foundation has granted $3 million in nursing scholarships to more than 1,000 nursing students since 2001 for advanced education to provide quality nursing care to Palm Beach County residents. Recipients commit to working in Palm Beach County upon completion of their schooling to serve the local community.  The foundation partners with the George Snow Scholarship Fund to administer its nursing scholarships.

As Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health, Palm Health Foundation creates meaningful funding opportunities to advance health and wellness.  The reception provided an opportunity for those with nursing scholarship funds to meet the beneficiaries of their generosity. Former nurse, Debra Coffman Howe, gathered with all fourteen of the students who received funding from her nursing scholarship fund to realize their dreams of becoming nurses.  Donor and Palm Health Foundation board member Denise Bober was also present and met scholar Kathy McKinnon who received her scholarship from the Sutton Kailey Nursing Advancement Fund, named in honor of Bober’s granddaughter. 

A highlight of the evening was guest speaker and former foundation scholarship recipient Dr. Karen Wisdom-Chambers, a professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.  Dr. Wisdom Chambers shared her deep appreciation for the foundation’s support while she was seeking her doctorate during an extremely challenging time in her life following her son’s death and her husband’s cancer diagnosis.  She urged the scholarship recipients to forge ahead in their own studies and to remember to pay forward the generosity bestowed on them by the foundation and its donors. 

Emcee for the reception was Ruth Schwarzkopf, chief nursing officer at West Boca Medical Center, who shared her thoughts on the importance of the foundation to Palm Beach County.  “I joined the board of trustees at Palm Health Foundation because they take an active role in leading innovative solutions for health challenges in Palm Beach County,” she said.  “Through their scholarships, they are advancing skilled nursing care for the overall health of our community’s residents.” 

Palm Health Foundation is recognized by nursing leaders and educators for its dedication to growing and strengthening the nursing workforce in Palm Beach County since its inception in 2001. In addition to nursing scholarships, the foundation has invested more than $10 million in initiatives to build a highly skilled nursing workforce that provides care across all settings and supports optimal health in the community including care transitions and care coordination. 

About Palm Health Foundation

Palm Health Foundation is Palm Beach County's community foundation for health. With the support of donors and a focus on results, the foundation builds strong community partnerships, respects diverse opinions, advocates for its most vulnerable neighbors and inspires innovative solutions to lead change for better health now and for generations to come. The foundation supports health equity for Palm Beach County residents of all backgrounds, heritage, education, incomes and states of well-being. Palm Health Foundation has invested more than $78 million in Palm Beach County health since 2001. For more information about Palm Health Foundation, visit or call (561) 833-6333.