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Fostering Tomorrow’s

Healthcare Leaders

If you are enrolled in a healthcare-related program on the Central Coast, the Compass Education Foundation may be able to help you pay for tuition.

Application Deadline is May 30

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Eligible Programs Include

Scholarship Requirements
Certified Nursing Assistant
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Registered Nurse
Medical/Dental Assisting
Clinical Dietitian
Physical Therapist
Paramedic & EMT


Compass Education Foundation encourages all interested Central Coast residents to apply, provided they meet the following eligibility criteria.

Be enrolled in an accredited college, as a full-time or part-time student, seeking a healthcare-related certification or degree, or be able to show proof of costs associated with attendance at an accredited college, seeking a healthcare-related certification or degree, within the last year.
Why Choose Healthcare?
Must reside on the Central Coast of California.
(San Luis Obispo County or Santa Barbara County)
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 or higher.
Demonstrate a strong financial need.
Exhibit strong leadership abilities and moral character.
Demonstrate plans for working on the Central Coast after completing their education.
Show potential to bring diversity to the local healthcare workforce.

Why Choose

The medical profession is at the top of Forbes’ list of the 25 best-paying jobs in America. Careers in the healthcare field are personally rewarding and professionally fulfilling. Unlike other industries, healthcare has not been as heavily affected by economic problems and, instead, offers long-term job stability.

Scholarship Application


Recipients are selected based on their submission of sanctioned application materials, prior academic performance, educational and healthcare field career goals, demonstrated financial need, and proven leadership qualities. The number of scholarships awarded, and the amount of each award are discretionary based on the number of applicants, applicant qualifications, and available funds. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year; however, the Board makes no assurances that they will be reviewed in a timely manner.

CLOSED for 2022
Application Deadline is May 30, 2023

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“With your generosity I am now steps closer to completing my education goals.”

H.M.Scholarship Recipient

“What an honor it is to receive the scholarship from your organization. Thank you for your confidence, contribution, and investing in my future.”

E.C.Scholarship Recipient

“Your generosity has provided me with the opportunity to continue to live my dream to becoming a registered nurse.”

K.R.Scholarship Recipient

“With this scholarship I will be able to pay for my educational expenses, therefore allowing me to concentrate on my studies so that I can become the best possible nurse that I can be.”

A.S.Scholarship Recipient

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Compass Education Foundation

The Compass Education Foundation is a locally-based non-profit organization that facilitates access to formal nursing certification and degree programs on the Central Coast of California. By providing scholarships, promoting healthcare careers, and partnering with the local healthcare community, the Compass Education Foundation is positively influencing the future of local healthcare.

The Compass Education Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization based on the Central Coast of California that facilitates access to formal healthcare certification and degree programs.