Yuba County Board of Supervisors Approves $192K Nursing Scholarship Program In Partnership with Rideout Foundation

Jun 17, 2024


The Yuba County Board of Supervisors has approved a groundbreaking $192,000 agreement between the Yuba County Department of Health and Human Services and the Rideout Foundation of Adventist Health and Rideout to launch a scholarship program in support of Yuba County residents attending the nursing program at Yuba College. This milestone collaboration came to fruition from a shared goal of fostering the growth of the nursing workforce in our region.

The agreement, supported by leaders from organizations including the Ampla Health, Yuba College, Marysville Joint Unified School District, and the Yuba Water Agency, signals a collective effort to address the escalating demand for medical services professionals in the region.

"We are thrilled to work with the Rideout Foundation to spearhead initiatives aimed at bolstering our healthcare workforce in Yuba County,” said Melissa Shaw, Deputy Director for Public Health in Health and Human Services. “Through strategic partnerships and innovative programs like this scholarship initiative, we are actively working towards building a robust pipeline of nursing professionals who are committed to serving our community."

The initiative is intended to facilitate 48 Yuba County students' access to additional support while enrolled in the nursing program at Yuba College, with the expectation that recipients commit to working in the Yuba-Sutter area for a period of two years following program completion.

As part of the agreement's tenure, comprehensive tracking and monitoring mechanisms will be employed to evaluate the program's impact, including the number of successful graduates and the subsequent employment rates in the Yuba-Sutter area.

“The Rideout Foundation has a long history of awarding scholarships to support nursing students,” said Patience Boudreaux, President of the Rideout Foundation at Adventist Health and Rideout. “This partnership with Yuba County is exciting in its scope, though, because of the number of students who we will help annually and because of the commitment we will ask of recipients that they work within the Yuba-Sutter area for a two-year period post-graduation.

“This has real potential to help solve the issue of our area's nursing shortage and I'm grateful to work with Health and Human Services on this creative solution."