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We will be Offering Scholarships in 2022!
Apply by March 15th!


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. Last year (2020) we gave out over a dozen scholarships totaling $40,000.

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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 PA HOSA Foundation

Scholarship Fund.


wWe’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 volunteer

CEO of the Penn HOSA Foundation -- a

scholarship fund of The Foundation for

Enhancing Communities, a tax-exempt

non-profit organization.


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Rosaly Diaz



"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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The Penn HOSA Scholarship Fund  |The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

200 N. Third Street, 8th Floor | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

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