Longtime local caregiver gets scholarship to pursue career Miami Community News

Leocadia Vargas (right) receives her scholarship.

The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently awarded $3,750 in scholarships to help six frontline caregivers — including one from Miami — achieve their goal of becoming nurses.

Each recipient received an FHCA Bruce Taylor Scholarship, which supports the best and brightest direct care staff working in FHCA member nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Among those who received the FHCA Bruce Taylor Scholarship for the fall cycle was Leocadia Vargas, director of housekeeping at Jackson Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center in Miami. She received $750 to pursue a registered nursing degree.

Each Fellow is currently enrolled in a program to advance their clinical studies, has demonstrated a commitment to the residents under their care, and has demonstrated leadership potential among their peers.

“Florida needs nurses, and FHCA is thrilled to support these healthcare heroes as they progress through their clinical studies,” said Emmett Reed, CEO of the Florida Health Care Association.

“These caregivers have already demonstrated their passion for the profession and their compassion for their residents. We commend them for their ambition to further their education and help Florida meet a growing need.

Each recipient shared a personal story as part of their application, describing why they chose to advance their career in nursing.

The Bruce Taylor Scholarship was established to provide resources for staff at FHCA member nursing homes and assisted living facilities to further their education and pursue their career goals by becoming a nurse. Scholarships are awarded twice a year and funded by the Florida Health Care Education & Development Foundation, the Association’s charitable foundation. For more information, visit the FHCA website at www.fhca.org.

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