Advocates for Georgia's Elderly Since 1953

Education & Research

The Georgia Health Care Association Education & Research Foundation and its governing body functions to develop, promote and support the professional development and education of individuals who desire to specialize in long-term and post-acute healthcare.  Established in 1991, the nursing scholarship program was created to financially assist nurses to obtain or advance their education and to encourage specialization in long term and post-acute care. The program is funded by contributions to and participation in the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and other donations received throughout the year. 

The Centers for Disease Control projects that adults age 65 or older will increase to 71 million by 2030. A competent and dedicated workforce must be available to meet the needs of those needing post-acute services. The Georgia Health Care Association Research & Education Foundation is passionate about investing in the future of post-acute care by offering educational support to associates employed at member facilities and to attract nurses to post-acute care. Recently, as a part of their strategic outreach efforts, the Foundation broadened their reach and now include external scholarships to nursing students in various public and private nursing programs across the state.

GHCA Education & Research Foundation’s annual golf tournament is the primary source of funding for the Foundation’s work. The annual tournament offers a fun and relaxing event to highlight the work of the Foundation and allows advocates to invest in the profession through the development of a quality workforce. However, private donations are welcomed and many past donations have been earmarked to award personalized scholarships.

Click here to donate to the GHCA Education & Research Foundation.

Scholarship Recipient Information

Qualified scholarship recipients are selected by the Foundation and receive funds to aid with expenses incurred during their time of study. Scholarships are available to individuals pursuing a degree that will enable them to work in Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN) or Nurse Practitioner (NP).


  • Applicant must have been employed by a GHCA member provider (SNF, ALF, SOURCE) for one year
  • Applicant must be recommended by the Administrator/Executive Director and Director of Nursing/Clinical Supervisor
  • Commit to part-time or full-time employment while attending school; and,
  • Remain employed in the GHCA member provider setting of their choice for one year post-graduation
​The deadline to submit the Georgia Health Care Association Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Application Form is May 17, 2020.

Click here for additional information and to submit your application online.

2018 Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Shanice Barnum, Magnolia Manor Inc. 
Laura Moss, Westbury Medical Care and Rehab
Shyquanda Mahome, Magnolia Manor Nursing Center - Americus
Hallie Pattersron, Westbury Medical Care and Rehab
Brandie Chappell, Magnolia Manor Inc. 
Savannah Knight, Georgia Health Care Association
Jennifer Woodcock, Orchard View Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center
Tiffany Hatcher, Gibson Health & Rehabilitation
Trina Byrd, Brightmoor Health Care
Ketorrie Chambless, Brightmoor Health Care
Kera Wycoff, Westbury Conyers
Ashley Hardy, Hartwell Health & Rehabilitation
Tamechia Pennyman, Brightmoor Health Care
Yvonne Allen, Winthrop Health & Rehabilitation
Kayla Coker, Hartwell Health & Rehabilitation
Patricia Marshall, Lynn Haven Health & Rehabilitation
Damris Contreras, Regency Park Health & Rehabilitation
Austin Browning, Scott Health & Rehabilitation
Natasha Drummond, Westbury Conyers
Susan Bowers, Eastview Nursing Center
Keitta Evans, Ethica 
Karen Dudley, Westbury Conyers