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September 27, 2000

Kaiser Permanente Honors Joe Serna Jr.
With Nursing Scholarship

Starting this fall, Kaiser Permanente will honor the memory of Joe Serna Jr., former mayor of Sacramento, by endowing a $10,000 nursing scholarship to qualified upper-division undergraduate students at California State University, Sacramento. Serna, who died last November, taught government and ethnic studies at CSUS since 1970, and was also the mayor of Sacramento.

The award is designed specifically for students who have made significant efforts toward improving the health of the community, in particular the uninsured and underinsured. The award will also require a minimum 3.5 (out of 4.0) grade point average. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually with one distributed in the fall term and the other in the spring.

Kathleen McKenna, public affairs director for Kaiser Permanente, praised the late mayor's efforts in providing health care leadership over the course of his career. "Kaiser Permanente is excited about this scholarship, made in honor of a man who shared our commitment to improving the health of our community. There is a community-wide shortage of nurses. We hope this will encourage more students to pursue nursing careers."

When informed of the scholarship, Serna's wife, the late Isabel Hernandez-Serna, noted the award with pride. "The Serna family is honored that Kaiser Permanente created the Joe Serna/Kaiser Permanente Nursing Scholarship that supports and encourages education, health care and public service. It is wonderful that his name will forever be associated with ideals so close to his heart. He would be very proud."


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