The Arizona Health Care Foundation (AHCF) makes dreams a reality for residents in long term care settings and for the dedicated staff who provide direct care and services.

Established in 1997 to enhance the lives of our residents and the people who care for them, AHCF sponsors two programs throughout the year. One is the Live A Dream Award for residents and the other is the Scholarship Award to assist long term care staff in furthering their education.

Live A Dream Award

The experiences and wisdom of our elders deserve both honor and respect. In some cases, lifetime dreams are unfulfilled because of health, finances, and unexpected life circumstances. To acknowledge these dreams and make wishes a reality, the Live A Dream program provides monetary support and professional assistance to help each recipient live their dream. For a Live A Dream application, please click here.

Live A Dream Award- Dental Application

At the Arizona Health Care Foundation, we understand the important role of dental care in quality of life, and are deeply committed to assisting residents in their pathway to a brighter smile. For a Live A Dream-Dental application, please click here.

2014 Scholarship Opportunities

The Arizona Health Care Foundation (AHCF) is accepting applications for a Foundation Scholarship. The intent of these awards is to assist staff employed in AHCA member skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities so they can pursue a formal education in health care and long term care. The Scholarship award is open to all departments. The area of study must be related to health care. The amount awarded is dependent upon the number of applications received, financial need, and the resources of AHCF.

Applications must be complete; any missing information could lead a disqualifying application. Applications must be received in the AHCA office no later than Noon, Thursday, June 5, 2014.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.

Fill out the attachment and e-mail to Linda Doescher,, or submit by mail to 1440 E. Missouri Avenue, Suite C-102, Phoenix, Arizona 85014.

For the Foundation Scholarship application, please click here.

***Instructions for Filling Out the Online PDF

If you are interested in filling out the Scholarship PDF online, please download the PDF to your computer. The PDF becomes interactive once it is downloaded, so then you are able to fill it out. Once you fill it out, make sure you have all the appropriate signatures, scan and save the signed document, and then send it to Linda Doescher at or mail to the Arizona Health Care Foundation at 1440 E Missouri Avenue, Suite C-102, Phoenix, AZ 85014. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (602) 265-5331. One of our staff members would be happy to assist you.

Congratulations to the 2013 Scholarship Recipients:

Scholarship Winners

Jennifer Klingbyll- Advanced Healthcare of Mesa, Tonya Mays- Choice Rehab Care, Tina Nolan- Choice Rehab Care, Bonnie Hollabaugh- Fountain View Village, Lisa Newbold- Fountain View Village, Amadou Jallow- Grace Healthcare of Phoenix, Sharice Daily- Grace Healthcare of Phoenix, Kelly Stevens- Maravilla Care Center, Martin Randall- Mi Casa Nursing Center, Chelsea Reeder- Mi Casa Nursing Center, Stephanie Munoz- Mountain View Manor, Forrest Hunter- Osborn Health and Rehabilitation, Vanessa Dobbins- Plaza Healthcare, Felix Lucien- Santa Rosa Care Center, Francisco Rodriguez- Santa Rosa Care Center, Susan Toro- Scottsdale Heritage Court, Cara West- Scottsdale Heritage Court, Tricia Miller- Symphony of Mesa, Breanna Partain- The Lingenfelter Center, Paula Beall- Winslow Campus of Care


The Arizona Health Care Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers. The funds raised by the Foundation are distributed to honor Live A Dream and scholarship recipients, and assist in the implementation of innovative long term care programs.

Some Past Live A Dream Recipients

Edward was born in 1921 and played for the State Senators in Phoenix. His dream of attending an Arizona Diamondbacks game was fulfilled with the assistance of the Diamondbacks Baseball Team and AHCF. His son and granddaughter joined him, and all had a wonderful time. The event changed Edward’s perspective on life and he has been smiling ever since.

Elizabeth had not seen her sister Harriett in many years. She was born in 1919 and fondly recalled her former days living with her family in Illinois. Through the Live A Dream Award and support of her long term care facility, Harriet was flown to Arizona for a visit with her sister, and it was truly a heartwarming visit.

Barbara was in her early 30s when she contracted M.S. and has been in long term care for the past several years. She is a college graduate and former model, so image was very important to her. Her “Dream” was to have dentures to replace the many broken and missing teeth, so she could smile again. Through the Foundation and the generous support of a dentist and the facility, Barbara was fitted with new teeth, which completely changed her outlook on life and her self confidence.

In all instances, lives were changed—and not only were the residents enriched, but also the staff and families of the recipients.

How You Can Help

Tributes — a unique, personal, and caring gift to honor a friend, family member, or colleague for special occasions such as holidays, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation, and more.

Memorials — celebrate the memory of a special person who has passed away When you make a tribute or memorial gift, the Arizona Health Care Foundation will send an acknowledgement to your honoree informing them of your kindness and generosity. The acknowledgement will be sent to anyone you specify and the amount of your gift will not be mentioned.

Donations — consider a general contribution to the Foundation to help AHCF continue granting Live A Dream Awards and Education Scholarships to deserving applicants.

Wills and Other Planned Giving — allows you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial planning needs, and may include annuities, trusts, and bequests. All planned gifts, large and small, help to further the goals of the Foundation.