Healthcare scholarships offered

Auxiliary, Foundation make $16,000 in funds available to students

Published: Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 2:57 p.m. CDT

The Morris Hospital Auxiliary and Morris Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce the availability of $16,000 in scholarships to individuals who are pursuing an education in healthcare.  With the recent addition of two new named scholarships, the organizations have been able to increase the total awards for this year.  

The Morris Hospital Auxiliary will offer three, $1,000 healthcare scholarships, with one of these scholarships given in memory of Maxine Burroughs. These awards are supported by Auxiliary fundraising activities throughout the year.

The Morris Hospital Foundation is offering the Carol Harrington Endowed Morris Hospital Foundation Scholarship and the Relucio Family Healthcare Scholarship, each valued at $1,000. The Morris Hospital Foundation also provides three, $1,000 healthcare scholarships for Morris Hospital employees and their dependents.  These scholarships are supported through generous contributions which were previously made by community residents.

New this year is The Betty J. Sterritt Nursing Scholarship, named in memory of a beloved nurse who passed away in 2010 and provided more than 40 years of service to Morris Hospital. This award was established by her family with additional support from friends and colleagues, including a 5k Run/Walk held in her memory last fall. To be considered for this award, which is valued at $2,000 over two years, a student must be in enrolled in coursework leading to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing and reside in Grundy County. Undergraduate students pursuing education in any healthcare-related course of study may be eligible for the $1,000 Daniel Aaron Wolfer Healthcare Scholarship, a new award established by the family of Daniel Wolfer.

For the third year, the Foundation is also offering the Hugo Avalos Scholarship, named for a beloved physician who practiced in the area for more than 40 years. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must reside in the state of Illinois and be accepted into, or currently enrolled in, an accredited medical school, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant program.

The Hugo Avalos Endowed Scholarship reached the endowed level of $100,000 in 2010 with financial support from Dr. Avalos’ family and friends, including the Morris Hospital medical staff and Grundy Bank. As an endowed scholarship, the funds will always be available and only the interest will be distributed for scholarships. 

To be considered for the other scholarships, applicants must reside in one of the 18 communities served by Morris Hospital and be accepted into, or currently enrolled in, a hospital-related health care curriculum at an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school.

The 18 communities include Braceville, Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Dwight, Gardner, Kinsman, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Newark, Ottawa, Ransom, Seneca, South Wilmington, Verona and Wilmington.

“The scholarships are intended to encourage education in a healthcare course of study, while helping enhance the availability of healthcare providers in our community,” explains Ginny Kelly, Vice President of Development at Morris Hospital. 

One application form can be used to apply for the healthcare scholarships, with a separate application for the Hugo Avalos Endowed Scholarship. All applications include essay questions, require at least two letters of reference, and will be reviewed by representatives of the Morris Hospital Auxiliary and Foundation.

Scholarship applications can obtain an application at www.morrishospital.org/foundation. To have an application mailed to your home, call the Morris Hospital Foundation at (815) 942-2932, ext. 7021. Completed applications must be returned by April 2, 2012. Awards will be made in May.

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To obtain an application for scholarships offered by the Morris Hospital Auxiliary and/or the Morris Hospital Foundation, go online to the link provided below, or call the Foundation at (815) 942-2932, ext. 7021 to have an application mailed to your home. Applications must be completed and returned by April 2, and the awards will be made in May.

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