St. Petersburg College Students Awarded Scholarships from Florida Health Care Association

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently awarded two St. Petersburg College students, Krista Nolan and Theo Danet, the Career Climb Scholarship. The recipients, who are both physical therapy professionals, were awarded as part of National Physical Therapy Month.

Both Nolan and Danet work at Menorah Life, a not-for-profit senior living community that provides skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, assisted living and adult day care in St. Petersburg. Nolan is a Physical Therapist Assistant and Danet is a Rehab Tech.

“With October being National Physical Therapy Month, we are proud to recognize and invest in two professionals who make a commitment to improve the quality of life of those in their care on a daily basis,” said Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of FHCA. “Both Krista and Theo have bright futures ahead, and FHCA is proud to support them in their careers to help meet the needs of Florida’s senior generation.”

FHCA has awarded $2750 in scholarships to long-term care professionals this fall. Each recipient is considered among the best and brightest working in FHCA member nursing centers and assisted living facilities. Nolan received $750 to help her pursue a degree in Health Services Administration and Danet received $750 as he studies to be a Physical Therapy Assistant.

“Krista and Theo have such a positive impact on our residents and their fellow co-workers, both are well deserving of this award,” said Scott Allen, Administrator of Menorah Life and FHCA Past President. “We are so excited for this growth opportunity and look forward to their continued success in the profession.”

In Florida and across the nation, nursing centers are grappling with workforce shortages, which presents a serious challenge in the profession. A recent study found that while nursing and residential care had the highest wage growth across healthcare settings, employment in those fields is still 5.7% below pre-pandemic levels.

The Career Climb Scholarship was established to provide resources for FHCA member nursing center and assisted living facility staff to further their education and advance their long-term care careers.

Award recipients must currently be enrolled in a program to advance their studies, demonstrate a commitment to the residents entrusted in their care, show leadership potential among their peers, and share a personal story describing why they are choosing to advance their long-term care career.

Scholarships are awarded twice a year and funded through the Florida Health Care Education & Development Foundation, the Association’s charitable foundation. For more information, visit the FHCA Foundation website at


The Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) is a federation that represents more than 80% of Florida’s nursing centers, including over 600 long-term care centers that provide skilled nursing, post-acute and subacute care, short-term rehab, assisted living, and other services to the elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. The mission of FHCA is to advance the quality of services, image, professional development, and financial stability of its members. As Florida’s first and largest advocacy organization for long-term care providers and the elderly they serve, the Association has worked diligently since 1954 to assist its members with continuously improving quality of care and quality of life for the state’s growing elder care population. For more information about the Florida Health Care Association, visit