“KP Youth Exploration Academy in Healthcare (KP YEAH!) is a paid, four-week-long, interactive exploration program for high school students. The program focuses on providing high school students with exposure to Kaiser Permanente’s integrated healthcare system while promoting access to higher education, career readiness and introduction to various healthcare pathways.

During this experience, participants gain transferable work skills and health care career exposure through administrative experiences and simulated clinical experiences. 

For more information and to apply, click the “more” button at the bottom of the page.”

2020 KP YEAH! applications open on Monday, December 16, 2019. Please complete your applications by Friday, January 31, 2020

Due to incredible email volume, we will not be able to answer questions regarding status, but we will be able to help troubleshoot and challenges you have with the application. Please reach out to KPYEAH@kp.org for this inquiries. 


Everyone should have the equal opportunity to access education and live a long, healthy life. The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program aims to empower healthier communities by helping students in Oregon and Southwest Washington achieve their dreams of going to college and becoming health care professionals.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to offering $5,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to selected high school senior who attend one of the 140 eligible high schools in the Kaiser Permanente Northwest service area, which spans from north of Longview, Washington to Eugene, Oregon.

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Registration for the 2019-2020 application will open on September 9, 2019 and will close on December 6, 2019, one week ahead of the application submission deadline of December 13, 2019, 5 p.m. PST. Students should register and begin working on their applications well ahead of the December 6 registration deadline. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit their applications well ahead of the December 13 application submission deadline.

Once the application opens September 9, 2019, students can register and start their applications by clicking the "More" button at the bottom of the page.  Follow us on Twitter -- @KPNWScholarship -- to receive important reminders and tips!

Scholarships are offered to the most qualified applicants from across all eligible high schools and are split into two equal payments distributed in the fall of the first and second years of college. All awards are nonrenewable.

Once scholarship recipients have reached their second year of college, they are eligible to:

  • Apply for an additional one-time scholarship for their third year of college.
  • Apply for paid summer internships at Kaiser Permanente that are available exclusively to scholarship recipients.

The scholarship program aims to facilitate the entrance of diverse and/or economically or socially disadvantaged students into college and the health care professions. However, all students who meet the basic eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Dawn Bush, Community Health and Education Consultant at 503-813-4521 or kpnw-scholarships@kp.org.

If you feel that you may have a potential conflict of interest with the Kaiser Permanente staff administering the program or with the members of the scholarship committee, please send an email outlining the potential conflict of interest to kpnw-scholarships@kp.org.  Note that being a Kaiser Permanente member or being related to a Kaiser Permanente employee is not considered a conflict of interest. 

Kaiser Permanente Northwest reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.


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