DaVita Stories

Crafting Success through Scholarship Opportunities

Editor’s Note: As a Community First and a Company Second, DaVita offers programs to help support members of our Village. This is the second in a series of posts about our Village Programs. These programs support our Trilogy of Care: Caring for Our Patients, Caring for Each Other and Caring for Our World.

Caring for Each Other with the same intensity with which we care for our patients is an important part of our Trilogy of Care: Caring for our Patients, Caring for Each Other and Caring for Our World. And one example is the scholarship opportunities offered through DaVita.

Since 2001, DaVita has offered three scholarship opportunities to students: The K.T. Family Foundation, the DaVita Children’s Foundation and the Woody Brittain Education is the Equalizer Scholarship. Scholarship applications are currently open for the 2017-18 school year. Children and grandchildren of teammates are encouraged to apply before the Nov. 30 deadline. Teammates can find the applications on the VillageWeb or myHCP.com.

Learn more about these scholarships below, with stories from the 2016-17 winners:

The K.T. Family Foundation, funded by Kent Thiry, chairman and CEO of DaVita Inc. and his wife, Denise O’Leary, is a scholarship program offered to teammates’ children and grandchildren in grades 6-11. It awards scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, community service or academic performance.

The DaVita Children’s Foundation, funded by DaVita, is a scholarship program offered to teammates’ children and grandchildren who are enrolled in college or who are in the 12th grade and preparing for college entry. It awards scholarships of $1,000 to $3,000 to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, community service or academic performance.

“This truly took me by surprise (and the timing was perfect – Lukas and I were dealing with college loan stuff last night). He is planning to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. I can’t believe that a month from now he will be moving into his dorm. Lukas doesn’t even know yet – he is at his IT job for the New Castle County Votech School District, which was a continuation of his paid internship that he had during his senior year. I can’t wait to share this with him, especially since he tried to tell me that he had very little chance of winning a scholarship since he wasn’t going into nursing or medicine. I explained that these scholarships aren’t dependent on that, and now I can say ‘I told you so!’

Just another reason DaVita is a special place – I am proud and blessed to work for a Village that cares for each other with the same intensity that we care for our patients. Thank you thank you thank you!” – Carla Abel-Vacula

A lifetime of success in the business world and service in the community has enabled Willard W. Brittain, Jr., a former member of the DaVita® Board of Directors, to positively impact countless lives as few others could.  The Woody Brittain – Education is the Equalizer Scholarship offers scholarships to specific high school seniors who will be majoring in science, healthcare or technology.  Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, community involvement and academic performance. 

  • Must be African-American, Latino or Hispanic and currently in 12th grade preparing for accredited 4 year college/university entry
  • Desire to pursue education in health, science and/or technology. Scholarships are eligible for renewal for up to 3 years, subject to academic performance.
  • Ten $3,000 awards can be used for tuition and books only.
  • Volunteer Trustees (non-DaVitans) review the applications and select the winners.
  • Applicants cannot apply for this scholarship and the DaVita Children’s Foundation scholarship.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and how my daughter (Kiani Hudgens), our family, and I appreciate your support, investment, and contribution towards Kiani’s academic success and future by selecting her as a recipient of the Woody Brittain Scholarship! We were so honored and blessed to hear this great news!!

Kiani currently attends the University of Virginia as a sophomore, pursuing a career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. As a recipient of this scholarship, Kiani was recognized for her outstanding leadership, academic performance, and community involvement. The Woody Brittain Scholarship has opened up several windows of opportunity for Kiani by contributing to the expenses of college tuition and books, and by serving as the driving force that motivates Kiani to continue to strive for academic excellence throughout her college career. This wonderful gift of support has allowed Kiani to no longer worry about the financial hardship of her parents struggling to put her through college but it has enabled her to focus solely on her career and continued academic achievement.

Knowing that DaVita has both acknowledged and rewarded Kiani’s outstanding leadership, academic performance, and community involvement throughout her high school career truly means so much to Kiani and our family.  DaVita’s decision to select Kiani Hudgens as a 2016 recipient of the Woody Brittain Scholarship has and will continue to have a tremendous impact on Kiani and our family in so many ways!  We look forward to exceeding the expectations of DaVita’s qualifications in the upcoming years while continuing Woody Brittain’s legacy of success and accomplishments!” – Kimberly Hudgens

Kay Kargul

Kay Kargul

Kay Kargul manages the DaVita Children’s Foundation, KT Family Foundation and Woody Brittain scholarships and DaVita Village Network for the Village and is a member of the Village Programs team. She is originally from Wisconsin, but now lives in Denver, Colo. She is an enthusiastic Packers fan and when her team isn’t playing, you can find her tending to her garden and spending time with her two daughters, Abby and Lauren.