Kirby Offers Full-Ride Healthcare Scholarships

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

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, 217-762-1509.