Patricia Frist Memorial Scholarship

Launched in 2019, the Patricia Frist Memorial Scholarship provides merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 to support eligible dependents of HCA Healthcare colleagues in pursuing two or four year post-secondary undergraduate degrees. This scholarship program is funded by the HCA Healthcare Foundation and administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS).

This scholarship was formerly known as the HCA Healthcare Scholars Program. The HCA Healthcare Foundation is proud to honor the late Patricia Frist – longtime Nashville philanthropist and wife of HCA Healthcare co-founder Tommy Frist Jr. – by naming the Patricia Frist Memorial Scholarship in her memory.

“Patricia Frist always placed a great emphasis on increasing access to education for hardworking and talented students,” said Joanne Pulles, president of the HCA Healthcare Foundation. “She was an inspiration to everyone she met and an active member in our community – the renaming of our program to the Patricia Frist Memorial Scholarship allows HCA Healthcare to honor her legacy and equip the next generation with resources needed to pursue their careers.”

The HCA Healthcare Foundation is partnering with ISTS to administer the Patricia Frist Memorial Scholarship. ISTS will process and review applications, select and notify recipients, distribute scholarship awards and provide customer service for the program.

Academies of Nashville

The HCA Healthcare Foundation and HCA Healthcare support the Academies of Nashville by connecting students and teachers with HCA Healthcare experts and volunteers, funding special projects, and supporting partnerships.

The Academies enable Metro Nashville Public School students to learn through the lens of a career or academic theme in a highly personalized learning community.  Through their academy, high school students are exposed to a multitude of careers and opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships.

HCA Healthcare is a business partner for several MNPS Academies – Cane Ridge Academy of Health Management, Hillwood Academy of Health Sciences, Overton Academy of Health Sciences, Overton Academy of IT, and Pearl-Cohn Academy of Health Sciences. CA Healthcare colleagues serve as the Advisory Board Chair in several of these academies. This volunteer position connects HCA Healthcare to the individual academies. The chair is responsible for communicating the needs of the academy and coordinating the resources needed for success.

Additionally, HCA Healthcare and HCA Healthcare Foundation representatives serve on education initiatives, such as the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Solutions Council, Academy Industry Partnership Councils (Health and Public Service Council and Business, Management and IT Council), and Alignment Nashville’s Academies of Nashville A-Team. These groups work into conjunction with MNPS to guarantee high quality educational experiences for all students.