Motivated students shouldn't be

hindered by finances


We promote careers in health professions among young people that foster compassionate care and address the needs of health care communities.

We've raised $1 million and have given out nearly 500 scholarships


We raise funds for health profession scholarships and select outstanding  HOSA students throughout Pennsylvania to receive our post-secondary and collegiate education scholarships.  



HOSA-Future Health Professionals is a national career and technical student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.


The Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship Fund supports the 110 Penn HOSA chapters composed of middle school, secondary, and post-secondary/collegiate students

by providing scholarships.



Named after our co-founder and former Executive Director Helen Heidelbaugh, we're happy to announce our first annual Aspire Scholarship winner. Ten other worthy students also received scholarships this year totalling $40,000.

The Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship Fund is a fund of  the The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC).  The Penn HOSA Foundation Scholarship Fund raises funds that provide scholarships to students who are members of Penn HOSA chartered state association chapters of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. This international student organization is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education.


Penn HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.


The Pennsylvania program provides leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for middle school, secondary, post-secondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in Health Science Education programs. HOSA is the only Career and Technology Student Organization (CTSO) that is 100 percent dedicated to health care professions!

Since its inception in 1979, Pennsylvania

HOSA, now known as "PENN HOSA-Future

Health Professionals," has grown steadily

reaching over 3,700 members from the

110 local chartered chapters.


Penn HOSA is a powerful instructional program that works best when it is integrated into the Health Science Education curriculum and classroom providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system demands dedicated workers who beyond their technical skills are people-oriented and capable of playing leadership and team member roles.

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Rosaly Diaz has been chosen to receive our most prestigious $7,500 “Helen Heidelbaugh Aspire Award Scholarship” from the Pennsylvania HOSA Foundation Scholarship Fund.


This is the first year we’ve awarded this scholarship in honor of our past Executive Director who has been a pioneer in nursing and community health care.


She founded “Community Volunteers in Medicine” in Chester County that offers free health care for uninsured individuals and families many of whom are migrant workers.


Helen Heidelbaugh raised a million dollars in scholarships for nearly 500 Penn HOSA students over the past 20 years as the former CEO of the Penn HOSA Foundation -- a scholarship fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, a tax-exempt non-profit organization.


Rosaly Diaz

We believe that Rosaly’s passion to serve her community, her volunteerism, activities in the PENN HOSA Chapter at Berks Career And Technology Center and dedication to her studies makes her an excellent choice for the Helen Heidelbaugh Aspire Award Scholarship.



"I was born in the Dominican Republic. When my mother died, my grandmother became my legal guardian. For eight years, my grandmother Olga and my aunt Carlixta were tireless in their battle for my green card. Their determination and tenacity are to thank for where I am now, with the promise of college on the horizon.


All their love and support bloomed into community outreach in all areas of my life. The food pantry through my church, the work with children through my school service clubs, my leadership in Student Council and National Honor Society all assist in improving my relationships with others.


 The Penn HOSA Foundation Helen Heidelbaugh Aspire Award Scholarship will be of great help in funding my studies. In the fall, I plan to attend Albright College where I will study biology in order to become a family doctor and serve my community. This scholarship is the best news I have received all year and I could not be more grateful!” 

                       Rosaly Diaz, June 2019                                                                        


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