The Honorable Lois Capps


The Nursing Community coalition announces the Lois Capps Scholarship Fund to provide the opportunity for nurses to attend the Nursing in Washington Internship offered by the Nursing Organization Alliance. The Lois Capps Scholarship Fund is offered in recognition of the Honorable Lois Capps’ tireless dedication to improving America’s health through the nursing lens.


Representative Capps served California’s Santa Barbara Congressional district from 1998 to 2016 as a member of the Democratic Party. She served on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and was a member of its Subcommittee on Health. During her tenure, she founded the Congressional Nursing Caucus where she served as Co-Chair from its creation in 2003 until her retirement in 2016. The Congressional Nursing Caucus was the first caucus formed for the purpose of educating legislators on the issues important to the nursing profession and the impact nurses have on America’s health care. In her tenure, Representative Capps was instrumental in the passage of 37 healthcare-related laws through her sponsorship or co-sponsorship.


Prior to her Congressional term, the Honorable Lois Capps worked for over thirty years as a nurse and health advocate. She received her Bachelor of Science at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington before receiving Masters Degrees at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She worked as a nursing instructor and administrator at Yale Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut before becoming the Director of the Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and the Child Enrichment Center in Santa Barbara County, California.