The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is pleased to launch the Charlene Maher Nursing Scholarship with the College of Southern Idaho (CSI).

The new program will provide $10,000 in funding to CSI to award to students studying to become nurses. CSI is among the first recipients of the scholarship program named for recently retired Blue Cross of Idaho CEO Charlene Maher, who began her career in healthcare as a nurse. The Foundation plans to expand the scholarship program at public Idaho colleges and universities that offer nursing degrees.

A check presentation took place Thursday, February 8, at halftime of a CSI men’s basketball game.

“Idaho has a severe healthcare workforce shortage, especially in the area of nursing,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. “Nurses have a vital role in our healthcare system, and these scholarships will help ease the financial burden of deserving students who wish to become nurses in Idaho.”