In recognition of her steadfast commitment to advancing equity, improving outcomes and supporting whole-person health at every stage of life, Paula A. Jones was recognized with a new scholarship fund in her name from the Cambia Health Foundation. Jones served with distinction on the board of directors for Cambia Health Solutions for 12 years and was instrumental to the formation and strategic direction of the Cambia Health Foundation. She retired from her board role in June of 2022.
To honor and thank Jones, Cambia Health Foundation announced that it has established the Cambia Health Foundation/Paula A. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund of Oregon Community Foundation with an initial investment of $50,000. On an annual basis, Oregon Community Foundation will distribute a portion of the fund for the award of one scholarship per year to a high school graduate in Oregon, Washington, Idaho or Utah to use in pursuit of post-secondary education at public or private non-profit colleges or universities in the United States. Ideal candidates will demonstrate leadership skills, academic excellence, a commitment to community service and an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare.
“The purpose of the Cambia Health Foundation/Paula A. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund of Oregon Community Foundation is to increase representation of people from different backgrounds in the health care workforce by supporting outstanding students from communities traditionally underrepresented in professional health care roles,” said Peggy Maguire, president of the Cambia Health Foundation. “I cannot think of a better way to honor Paula, who has been an outstanding advisor, mentor and supporter of the Foundation’s mission to advance equity through whole-person health.”
“Cambia Health Foundation would not be where it is today without Paula A. Jones’s guidance and expertise,” said Jared Short, chief executive officer of Cambia Health Solutions. "She's an incredible role model who lifts up the people around her. Paula has been a mentor to many at Cambia. Through the Cambia Health Foundation/Paula A. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, we honor her incredible business career, vision and generous spirit."
Applications will open in the Spring of 2023 for the following Fall term. A selection committee at Oregon Community Foundation, including Jones and Maguire, will review applications.
“Oregon Community Foundation truly values its philanthropic partnership with Cambia Health Foundation,” said Sarah Grace McIlveen, Director of Philanthropy, Oregon Community Foundation. “We’re thrilled to work with Cambia on this new endowed scholarship to create career opportunities for health care professionals for generations to come. OCF’s mission is to improve lives for all Oregonians through the power of philanthropy. The Cambia Health Foundation / Paula A. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund is a shining example of lasting philanthropic impact.”
About Paula A. Jones
Paula A. Jones, of Chicago, Illinois, is the chief executive officer of Cajual Entertainment, Inc., a record label and publishing company. Additionally, she is a consultant specializing in strategic planning related to social strategy and policy for corporations and non-profits. She was previously a corporate officer and senior vice president for global diversity and inclusion for PepsiCo. In 2007, Paula was appointed to the Cambia Health Solutions board of directors and served as the long-standing chair of the Health Strategies Committee. She completed undergraduate studies at Loyola University, earned her graduate degree at the University of Illinois and completed the advanced management program at Harvard University.
About Cambia Health Foundation
Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, the foundation has funded over $110 million in grants to advance person-focused and economically sustainable health care. We support whole-person health at every stage of life and believe in building a just and inclusive health care system for all. Learn more at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org
About Oregon Community Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) works with donors and volunteers to award grants and scholarships to every county in Oregon. From 2020 to 2021, OCF distributed more than $549 million, supporting more than 4,000 nonprofits and 6,000 students. With OCF, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds that meet the needs of diverse communities statewide. Since its founding in 1973, OCF has distributed more than $2 billion toward advancing its mission to improve lives for all Oregonians.
Explore setting up a scholarship fund with Oregon Community Foundation - learn more online at: https://oregoncf.org/ways-to-give/choose-your-fund/scholarship-fund/.
For Cambia Health Foundation
Wen Chiu, Strategic Communications Manager
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