KIRBY AWARDS FOUR FULL-RIDE HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS
MONTICELLO, IL - Kirby Medical Center and The Kirby Foundation awarded
four 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 2021 Kirby Medical Center Healthcare Scholarship recipients are Tatum
Auth, daughter of Ted and Sarah Auth of Mahomet, Kelsey Brewer, daughter
of JD and Barb Shaffer of Abilene, TX, Grace Burnsmier, daughter of Scott
and Sandy Burnsmier of Monticello, and Victoria Vandivier, daughter of
Brian and Carla Vandivier of Bement.
Auth is a graduate of Bement High School and is continuing her education
at Illinois State University to become a registered nurse. Brewer is a
Kirby Medical Center employee attending Parkland College seeking to become
a registered nurse. Burnsmier, a Monticello graduate, is attending Parkland
College to become a registered nurse. Vandivier is graduating from Bement
High School and is attending Parkland College to become a registered nurse.
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,
says, “TheKirby Healthcare Scholarship removes the cost barrier
to education and incentivizes local students to pursue health care careers.
This full-ride scholarship also connects local students to their community
through a service commitment that brings them back to Monticello after
they graduate from college to care for their community.”
The Healthcare Scholarship Program is funded through income received from
farmland donations and contributions to The Kirby Foundation in support
of the scholarships. This is the second year scholarships have been awarded.
“The Kirby Foundation is committed to investing in our future generation
of healthcare professionals and bringing them back to their home communities
to provide compassionate care. This scholarship program helps create a
meaningful impact for these recipients, their families, and our communities
and we’re grateful for those that support us in this effort”
says Sarah Ross, Director of Development.
For questions related to the scholarship, contact Sarah Ross at The Kirby
Foundation at 217-762-1509, or Andrew Buffenbarger at Kirby Medical Center