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The Howard Kern Legacy Scholarship Program
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2023 3:00 pm CT

Sentara Healthcare has established a scholarship program to assist children or grandchildren of employees who plan to continue their education in college.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Sentara Healthcare determines eligibility for this program and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Howard Kern Legacy Scholarship Program must:

  • Be dependent* children or grandchildren, age 26 and under of full-time (minimum of an average of 30 hours per week) and part-time employees (minimum of 16 hours per week) of Sentara Healthcare who have a minimum of 3 years employment with the company as of the application deadline date
    *Dependent children are defined as biological, step-or legally adopted children living in the employee’s household or primarily supported by the employee
  • Be high school seniors or graduates, current college undergraduates, or graduate level students
  • Plan to enroll in full-time or part-time** undergraduate or graduate study related to healthcare or industry related to Sentara Healthcare at an accredited two -year or four-year college or university or graduate school for the entire upcoming academic year
    **Part-time is considered a minimum of 6 credits or more per semester

Children of officers and executives are ineligible.


If selected as a recipient, awards will be disbursed as follows:

  • Recipients attending a four-year college or university will receive a $3,000 award.
  • Recipients attending a two-year college will receive a $1,500 award.

If a student transfers institutions, the award will be adjusted accordingly per the new school type.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years provided the recipient meets the criteria for renewal. Recipients may apply to renew their award if they move from a undergraduate to a graduate degree.

Criteria for renewal is satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in a part-time or full-time course of study, continued employment of the student’s parent or grandparent, and continuation of the program by Sentara Healthcare.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study.


All applicants will be notified in August.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Sentara Healthcare. Payment is made in August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need is not considered. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America and in no instance does any officer or employee of Sentara Healthcare play a part in the selection.

Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than June 30, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Sentara Healthcare has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!