High school seniors and students already enrolled in a healthcare field
are eligible to apply for a Kirby scholarship that would cover up to 100
percent of tuition, housing and books.
The Kirby Foundation and Kirby Medical Center have created a Healthcare
Scholarship Program to encourage students interested in the medical field
to pursue their dreams. As part of the program, the scholar agrees to
return to Kirby Medical Center after graduation to work for a minimum
time determined by the scholarship awarded.
“This new scholarship is a great way for us to reward talented people
for coming to Piatt County after graduation,” says Kirby Medical
Center’s CEO Steve Tenhouse. “We want to plan for our future
by bringing highly qualified caregivers to the community to provide care
locally and keep our communities strong.”
Students who are enrolled or applying for programs in nursing, radiologic
technology, laboratory sciences, family medicine, physical therapy, paramedic
studies or any other healthcare field are encouraged to apply. Online
applicates can be found at Kirbyhealth.org/about/kmc-foundation-scholarship.
The Healthcare Scholarship Program will be funded through The Kirby Foundation’s
Education Fund and through income received from farms donated to Kirby
Medical Center. The program is in addition to the Kirby Auxiliary Thomas
D. Dixon Memorial Scholarships.
“Foundation Board members are excited to support and promote this
new way to invest in the community,” says Board Chair Michelle Gross.
“Donations received through our Education Fund will benefit generations
to come by bringing healthcare providers back home through these scholars,”
Gross says. “It also embraces our mission to sustain and enhance
the health and wellness of our local communities.”
For questions related to the scholarship, contact Andrew Buffenbarger at
Kirby Medical Center, 217-762-1506, or Sarah Ross at The Kirby Foundation,