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Flora R. Martinez 2021 Nursing Scholarship

Flora R. Martinez Nursing scholarship application now open

April 13th, 2021 – Flora R. Martinez came to the United States from Mexico in 1941. Seeking a better life for herself and her children, she worked for many years as a field worker and spoke limited English. It was during this time that she saw the importance of child care, housing and healthcare. She began helping women from migrant camps with interpretation and addressing their basic health care needs. Flora decided to focus on her education and learning English so she could be of more assistance to her community. In 1962, she became a U.S. Citizen.

A founder of Golden Valley Health Centers, Flora served on its Board of Directors for 43 years from 1971 until her passing in 2014. Through this leadership position, Flora admired the work of nurses and recognized the critical role they play in the delivery of quality healthcare services.

We are proud to honor Flora’s legacy through this annual scholarship in hopes that those from the San Joaquin Valley will join the nursing workforce to carry on her core ideals: effectively promote access to healthcare for all people, advocate for Community Health Centers, and carry on meeting the direct healthcare needs of the underserved in our community.

This scholarship will be awarded to 5 individuals who are currently enrolled in or accepted to an RN, LVN or BSN program.  Applications are being accepted through April 30th.

How to Apply

Step 1:

Determine if you are eligible To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Reside in the GVHC service area (see for locations of health centers)
  • Be enrolled in or accepted to an RN, LVN or BSN program
    (CNA, FNP not eligible)
  • Submit the application form by the deadline, including two letters of reference
  • Have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their most recently completed six semesters of high school and/or college
  • Sign the agreement at the end of the application


Tell us about yourself Fill out the Flora R. Martinez scholarship application telling us about yourself. Your information will be kept confidential and shared only with evaluators unless you give us permission to use your story to publicize the program and/or Golden Valley Health Centers.


Ask people to tell us about you Include two letters of reference with your application explaining why you would be an excellent candidate to receive this award. The letters must be no more than two pages in length and written by someone not related to you.


Submit your application Applications are accepted between April 1st – April 30th. No applications submitted before or after these dates will be considered. Awards will be announced by June 14. Five awards of $5,000 each will be distributed on a one-time basis. Monies will not be paid out in installments. Award recipients may re-apply once for ongoing support.


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