A new University of Pennsylvania Wharton School scholarship for the study of health care management has been named in honor of June Kinney, the long-time Associate Director of that department.
Organized by the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association (WHCMAA), the June Kinney/WHCMAA scholarship fund was officially launched at the organization's annual conference on Saturday.
32 years at Wharton
Kinney, who joined the Wharton School in 1981, is credited with fostering one of the largest and most respected health care management programs in the country. She serves as the student and alumni face of the program, interviewing and recruiting the top students and serving as a link to Wharton and the graduates of the program. The Health Care Management Department offices are located within the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics where Kinney is a Senior Fellow.
"I think I'm a little bit too young to have a scholarship named after me," Kinney told the Saturday luncheon audience, triggering a round of laughter.
Students making decisions
She explained that the Kissick scholarship is designed for students who are already enrolled in Wharton. The new Kinney scholarship will be different in that it is aimed at students who haven't yet made their final decision about which school to attend.
"This scholarship goes beyond just helping the individual student," Kinney said. "It is a symbol of our community that sends a message to the applicant pool and to our constituency that there is a strong, powerful alumni network here willing to give to this kind of thing."
In her podium comments, Tracey Johnson, a 1985 Wharton MBA graduate, former WHCMAA president, and member of the scholarship steering committee, noted that 32 alumni had already contributed $280,000 toward the $500,000 funding goal of the project.
Earlier educator award
In April, Kinney became both the inaugural recipient and the namesake of a new national educator award from the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM). That "June Kinney Achievement Award" honors "outstanding service" in the advancement of health care-related management education focused on health care delivery and innovation challenges in an era of great change.