KP Northwest 2017 Health Care Career Scholarship Ceremony| Kaiser Permanente

KP Northwest 2017 Health Care Career Scholarship Ceremony| Kaiser Permanente

December 25, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


Want to welcome you all to Kaiser Permanente’s
Health Care Career Scholarship Program for 2017 and our awards
ceremony. This year we have 166 very diverse students
using scholarships of over a half million dollars. More than three-quarters of our Kaiser Scholars
this year are from diverse backgrounds and more than half are bilingual. It’s important that our patients and our communities
see themselves reflected in the people that are providing the care and services to them. So your stories and your backgrounds and your
differences matter. Your experiences as a sibling, or as a proud
out student, or a refugee, or a survivor, as an ally, or as a Dreamer, is forming your
values, is forming your integrity and decision-making and compassion. Do not resist your curiosity, or your passion. They will take you great places. And I have to say with all honesty, I am completely
inspired and in awe of all of you. Every year when I read your college scholarship
applications, they move me. And frankly, every year it reignites my own
passion to make a difference in the world. I would like to thank the Kaiser Permanente
staff and committee for believing in all of us. For Kaiser Permanente Northwest President
Andrew McCulloch, who supports and advocates for students as well as our community. For all of you, the future leaders of change,
thank you for your existence. I think it’s really important that we remember
the role that really excellent teachers and counselors play in the development of students
in our community. I knew I wanted to pursue higher education,
and I knew that there were many ambitious goals I hoped to achieve, but I just did not
know where to start. And if I had not met Mrs. Osborne, I would
not have been able to stand in any position as near as where I am today. [applause] Don’t let your identity hinder you from pursuing
your dreams. Instead, embrace your diverse background,
and allow it to mold you into the successful health care professional you are meant to
be. I hope to become a neurosurgeon. And I will become a physical therapist. I plan on becoming a general practice physician. An ultrasound technician. A physician assistant. A bilingual nurse. [applause] Finally, I want to say congratulations to
you for what you’ve achieved already, but more importantly, for what you are going to
achieve in your career time. All of you will finish your education; you
will have jobs. I hope they will become careers and that in
the process, you’ll discover your calling and that you’ll be inspired to help change
the world. So again, congratulations. Thank you for your tremendous work. [applause]