Health Professions Education Foundation

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The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) improves access to healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships and loan repayment programs to health professional students and graduates who are dedicated to providing direct patient care in those areas. In return for this support, recipients agree to provide direct patient care in a medically underserved area of California for a period of one to three years.

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August 1, 2018 Upcoming HPEF Loan Repayment Programs

Open December 3, 2018 – February 26, 2019. See the upcoming application cycle of Health Professions Education Foundation Loan Repayment…

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July 30, 2018 Upcoming HPEF Scholarship Programs

Scholarship program application cycles will open on January 2, 2019.

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Scholarship Programs

Loan Repayment Programs

Note: Once the required documents are submitted for the awardee’s program, awardees can expect payment 6-8 weeks upon processing.

About Us

Established in 1987, the Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) is the state’s only non-profit foundation statutorily created to encourage persons from underrepresented communities to become health professionals and increase access to health providers in medically underserved areas. Supported by grants, donations, licensing fees, and special funds, HPEF provides scholarship, loan repayment and programs to students and graduates who agree to practice in California’s medically underserved communities. Housed in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, HPEF’s track record of delivering health providers to areas of need has resulted in approximately 16,385 awards totaling more than $186.75 million to allied health, nursing, mental health and medical students and recent graduates practicing in all 58 counties of California.

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The Foundation administers its programs from six funds established by the California State Legislature:

  1. The Vocational Nurse Education Fund
    • Funded through a $5.00 surcharge for renewal of the Vocational Nurse license in California
    • Supports the Vocational Nurse Scholarship, Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing, and Licensed Vocational Nurse Loan Repayment Programs
  2. The Registered Nurse Education Fund
    • Funded through a $10.00 surcharge for renewal of the Registered Nurse license in California
    • Supports the Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship, the Bachelor of Science Nursing Scholarship, and the Bachelor of Science Nursing Loan Repayment Program
  3. The Mental Health Practitioner Education Fund
    • Funded through a $20.00 surcharge for renewal of Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker licenses in California
    • Supports the Licensed Mental Health Service Provider Education Program
  4. Mental Health Services Act Fund
    • Funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, passed by voters in 2004, provides $10 million per year
    • Supports the Mental Health Loan Assumption Program
  5. The Health Professions Education Fund
    • Supported entirely through grants and contributions from public and private agencies hospitals, health plans, foundations, corporations, and individuals
    • Supports the Allied Healthcare Scholarship, the Allied Healthcare Loan Repayment Program, the Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship, and the Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment Program
  6. Medically Underserved Account for Physicians
    • Funded through a $25.00 surcharge for renewal of allopathic physician licenses in California and through the Managed Care Administrative Fines and Penalties Fund.
    • Supports the Steven M. Thompson Physician Corp Loan Repayment Program

How to Contribute

The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) programs are funded, in part, though philanthropic contributions from individuals, private corporations, foundations, health plans, and hospitals.

HPEF is a public charity and is eligible to receive tax deductible donations. HPEF’s Tax Identification Number is 68-0178150.

Gifts of Cash:
Gifts of cash may be paid immediately or pledged for payment over a three to five-year time at the convenience of the donor.  Generally speaking, non-cash gifts will be liquidated immediately upon receipt.

Corporate Matching Gifts:
Many employers have policies and procedures for making gifts to organizations that are supported by their employees and retired personnel.  If you or your spouse is employed (or retired) from a corporation that “matches” gifts, the effect of your personal contribution is doubled.  Check with your Employee Benefits Division to determine if your gift to HPEF qualifies for matching support.  If so, request the form for completion and submission.

Individuals, private foundations, and corporations may regionalize their support to specific geographic areas of California when donating gifts or making grants to HPEF.

The Health Professions Education Foundation manages all gift and grant income in consultation with the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s Accounting Office. All pledges and gifts will be acknowledged in writing.

If you would prefer to send a check, please make checks payable to the Health Professions Education Foundation and mail to the address below: 

Health Professions Education Foundation 
2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 1129 
Sacramento, CA 95833 
(916) 326-3640 / (800) 773-1669 
Fax: (916) 324-6585

If you are an employee of the State of California, you can contribute to HPEF through your monthly paycheck. Learn more.


Steven M. Thompson Annual Reports

Board of Trustees

The Foundation is governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, and Senate Committee on Rules. The Director of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the Chair of the Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission serve as ex-officio members.

  • Scott Sillers, President 
    Oakland, CA
  • Aaron Byzak 
    Oceanside, CA
  • Jennie Carreon de Lacey 
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Cynthia J. Cotharn 
    Playa Vista, CA
  • Cinthia Flores, J.D. 
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Randy W. Hawkins, M.D 
    Los Angeles, CA
  • William C. Hendry 
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Shaheen Lakhan, M.D. 
    Redlands, CA
  • Kristina Lawson, J.D. 
    Walnut Creek, CA
  • Janet Widmann 
    Lafayette, CA

Ex-Officio Members

  • Robert P. David 
    Sacramento, CA
  • William Henning, DO 
    Yorba Linda, CA

Contact Us

For more information about the Health Professions Education Foundation, please contact us at:

Health Professions Education Foundation

2020 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 1129 
Sacramento, CA 95833 

  • Phone: (916) 326-3640
  • Phone [toll-free]: (800) 773-1669
  • Fax: (916) 324-6585

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HPEF Staff

Norlyn Asprec, Executive Director

Annie Carney, Marketing and Outreach Director

Michael Andrijich, Program Manager

Debbie Harrison, Executive Assistant

Kent McCord, Program Officer

  • Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Loan Repayment 
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Scholarship 
  • Allied Healthcare Scholarship 
  • Allied Healthcare Loan Repayment 
  • Advanced Practice Healthcare Scholarship 
  • Advanced Practice Healthcare Loan Repayment 
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship 
  • Vocational Nurse Scholarship

Michelle Crouch, Program Officer

  • Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program 
  • Mental Health Loan Assumption Program

Laura Moyer, Program Officer

  • Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse Loan Repayment 

Maquall Snider, Program Assistant