Women Health Care Executives of Northern California (WHCE) is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of women in health-related careers. Each year WHCE offers the Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship to a graduate level female student dedicated to a health-related career.  The $5,000 scholarship and a one-year complimentary WHCE membership are awarded to a student who meets the eligibility and selection criteria. The scholarship winner will be recognized at WHCE’s Annual Woman of the Year event, to be held in San Francisco on May 3rd, 2017.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • Female graduate-level student dedicated to a health-related career, i.e. health care services, public health, health care policy and research, health care management and administration, nursing, medicine, health technology, health law, etc.

  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident enrolled in a graduate degree program at a University located in the San Francisco Bay Area (Counties include San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo)

  • Must be an early careerist (Date of Birth on/after 1/1/1986)

  • Must be in good academic standing

  • The Scholarship Winner is expected to attend WHCE's Annual Woman of the Year event

Selection Criteria:

The Lynn Adamson Memorial Scholarship is conferred solely on merit, not financial need.  Recipient selection is based on evidence of achievement in the following:

  1. Leadership – demonstrated experience as an effective leader.
  2. Scholarship - demonstrated academic achievement.
  3. Integrity of Character – demonstrated integrity of character. A successful candidate is a positive influence on her peer group and displays qualities such as compassion and empathy for others, interest in and respect for others, humility, honesty, loyalty, courtesy, courage, and maturity.
  4. Preparation to meet key challenges in health care – demonstrate preparation to meet key challenges facing health care today
  5. Contribution to health care – demonstrated personal or professional strengths that allow contribution uniquely to health care.

Application Process:

Applications and reference guidelines can be downloaded from  Applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00pm PST on February 19th, 2017Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Documents to be submitted:

  • A completed Scholarship application form

  • Current resume (1 page limit)

  • Current unofficial transcript

  • One reference letter, either academic or professional

Reference Letter:

Reference letters are weighted significantly in the selection process.  Letters must be signed by the person who wrote the letter and submited with your application. 


Description Date
Scholarship Application Deadline February 19th, 2017, 5:00PM PST
Notice of Award April 11th, 2017
Women of the Year Event (WOTY) May 3rd, 2017