At Sun Health, employees are encouraged to pursue professional growth within the organization and educational opportunities throughout their careers. We know that growing employees are happy employees. Sun Health is committed to supporting your personal and professional development. If you qualify you can receive financial assistance through tuition reimbursement and other scholarships towards your degree or certification program at an accredited college, university, or technical institute. Sun Health is constantly working with education partners in our community to provide our employees with education opportunities.

Tuition Reimbursement

Employees can qualify for up to $2000 a year in tuition reimbursement from Sun Health if you have been employed for 6 months.

  • Requests for educational assistance can be obtained from Human Resources and be submitted in writing and approved prior to attendance.
  • A qualified, regular full-time employee will be able to be reimbursed up to $500.00 per class with a maximum payout of $2,000.00 within a twelve (12) month period.
  • A qualified, regular part-time employee will be able to be reimbursed up to $250.00 per class with a maximum payout of $1,000.00 within a twelve (12) month period.
  • Sun Health will not reimburse employees for their tuition if it was already been paid from another source, e.g. a Sun Health Community/Resident Foundation.
  • It will be the employee’s responsibility to provide proof of payment for the cost of tuition that is being reimbursed. Supporting receipts and report cards must accompany the completed Tuition Reimbursement request (copies are acceptable).
  • All regular full-time and benefited regular part-time employees who have completed a six (6) month employment period are eligible for this program.

Click here to access the Tuition Reimbursement policy & request form.


Warren D. Ruff Scholarship

The Warren D. Ruff Scholarship Fund, totaling $6.4 million (with the intent that 5% will be awarded each year), opens new doors of opportunity for these employees to pursue their passion and help fill the critical need for more trained nurses and nursing-related health professionals who live and work in Arizona.

Because of the exceptional care he received, Mr. Ruff desired that the primary purpose of the scholarship be to supply nurses to Arizona. During the last decade of his life, Mr. Ruff was deeply grateful to the former Sun Health Boswell and Del E. Webb hospitals and people who delivered this care, and they became endeared to him.

Eligibility and Application Details:

Employees at Sun Health, Banner Boswell, and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers who wish to pursue or further a career in nursing or a nursing-related health profession now have the opportunity to apply for tuition (and related costs) support for their educational journey.

All candidates, including those who may not yet have but will be enrolling, must enroll in an accredited educational institution that awards degrees or certificates to students studying nursing and nursing-related health professions. We are looking for students who demonstrate good character and dedication towards the noble nursing profession who are in good standing in their program. Scholarship awards from the Warren D. Ruff Scholarship Fund may be renewed. It will hold two application cycles annually generally in April for awards to be distributed for the Fall semester and September-October for the Spring semester.

Scholarship applications for the Spring 2022 semester will be accepted from September 15, 2021, through October 15, 2021. Priority will be given, but not exclusively, to nurses and nursing candidates at Sun Health, Banner Boswell, and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers who wish to pursue or further a career in nursing or a nursing-related health profession. Historically, individual awards have ranged from approximately $500-$3,000 per semester.

Additional information as well as the link to the application can be found on the Sun Health Foundation website here.

Any additional questions that are not answered on the Sun Health Foundation website can be directed to Heather Grizzard at

Resident Scholarships:

The three communities have resident-sponsored and managed Employee Scholarship programs for employees of the community. Please contact the representative delegated for each community below for more information:

Grandview Terrace: Kathleen Howenstein (623) 645-3746 or at

La Loma Village: Paul Bowls at

The Colonnade: Donna Rodriguez at

Chapman Scholarship:

The Chapman Fund, created by a former Chairman of the Board of Sun Health Corporation, is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that annually awards academic scholarships.  Mr. Chapman’s desire was to assist U. S. citizens who were pursuing their educational goals through college or vocational schools located in Arizona. Historically, individual annual awards have ranged from $500-$2,500 for a school year.

The 2021 -2022 Chapman application cycle ended on March 8, 2021 and the 2022-2023 school year application cycle will open around February of 2022.

Any questions regarding the Chapman scholarship can be directed to Heather Grizzard, Scholarship Coordinator, at

2021-2022 Chapman Scholarship Memo
2021-2022 Chapman Flyer

Employee Opportunity Feedback

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