KIRBY AWARDS SIX FULL-RIDE HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS
MONTICELLO, IL - Kirby Medical Center and The Kirby Foundation awarded
six full-ride healthcare scholarships to students pursuing healthcare
degrees in the community. These scholarships target certain positions
within Kirby Medical Center, and the recipients are guaranteed a position
The inaugural Kirby Medical Center Healthcare Scholarship recipients are
Abigail Bowrey, Jamie Dickerson, Hannah Dusenberry, Jessica Evans, Peyton
Lappin, and Grace Mittelbrun.
Bowrey is currently attending Saint Louis University to become an occupational
therapist and graduated from Mt. Zion High School.
Dickerson is a Kirby Medical Center employee and Forsyth resident seeking
to become a registered nurse through Richland Community College.
Dusenberry is a recent college graduate living in Monticello and is returning
to school to pursue a nursing degree at Parkland College.
Evans, a current Kirby Medical Center employee, residing in Monticello,
is pursuing an additional degree through Parkland College to become a
Lappin is a recent graduate of Deland-Weldon High School, continuing her
education at the University of Indianapolis to pursue a degree in nursing.
Mittelbrun is a recent graduate of Monticello High School and plans to
attend Illinois State University to become a licensed clinical social worker.
“The Kirby Foundation is pleased to award six scholarships in its
inaugural year. By providing these scholarships, we are able to further
Kirby Medical Center’s mission of providing quality healthcare starting
right here in our communities,” said Michelle Gross, Kirby Foundation
This scholarship can provide up to full tuition, housing, and books, and
in return, the scholars will provide a service commitment to Kirby Medical
Center upon earning their degree.
Andrew Buffenbarger, Chief Compliance Officer of Kirby Medical Center,
said, “We are honored to be able to offer full ride college scholarships
to students pursuing certain healthcare careers in exchange for a service
commitment to Kirby Medical Center. This program removes the economic
barriers to higher education and incentivizes members of our community
to join us in making Piatt County a healthier place to live.”
The Healthcare Scholarship Program is funded through income received from
farmland donations and contributions to The Kirby Foundation in support
of the scholarships. This program is in addition to the annual Kirby Auxiliary
Thomas D. Dixon Memorial Scholarships.
“This scholarship program embraces our mission to sustain and enhance
the health and wellness of our local communities. Most importantly, it
benefits future residents by bringing healthcare providers back home to
provide compassionate care,” says Gross.
For questions related to the scholarship, contact Sarah Ross at The Kirby
Foundation at 217-762-1509, or Andrew Buffenbarger at Kirby Medical Center