SHEF has three areas of major impact for the Tri-Cities region. Each of these Impact Areas is designed to grow the number of health care professionals who live and work in Southside.
One out of every 10 emerging jobs in Virginia is in the health sector. Careers in healthcare are a wonderful opportunity for many residents who wish to have more rewarding jobs and higher wages. The growth is here – over the last 15 years, employment in the Southside health sector has increased by 41.3%. The wages are here, too. Per capita income for Petersburg residents is $15,989 annually while the average area wage for a position in the health sector is $37,965. With the right training and education, residents may be able to more than double their earning potential, thus increasing the economic vitality of the entire region.
SHEF Alumni say it best! Here's what they said to us:
“The scholarship was an amazing help. It actually made nursing school possible. Working full time and being in nursing school was craziness! The scholarship let me cut back on waiting tables to only part time,” Heather Moody, Colonial Heights, Post-Operative RN, SRMC.
“My advice to people who want to go into the health profession is “Don’t give up!” I’m a prime example of being able to beat the odds. I had my first child at 15. But I didn’t give up. I was an LPN for many years, but I knew I could be more. SHEF scholarships are a wonderful tool for people who need extra assistance to meet their dreams. It was a blessing,” Takara Jackson, Chester, Oncology RN, John Randolph Medical Center.
“I have three kids and I’m a single parent. What SHEF gave me really saved me. I couldn’t have made it without SHEF’s help,” Laurie Marston, Lawrenceville, Radiologic Technology Student
Southside Healthcare Careers Exploring Program is a regional response to develop and implement a health careers pipeline program for students from 16 to 20 years of age. SHEF brings together area hospitals, health care providers, colleges and universities to partner in this this 40+ hour program which will provide students with experiential learning of an array of health careers available in the region.
SHEF currently administers the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship fund for registered nursing students, the SHEF Special Gifts Awards which is presented to one graduating senior from each of the eleven public high schools in our area; the Jerolien Tanner Titmus Fund and additional scholarship and forgivable loan programs.
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