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AMH Offering Health Equity Scholarships Again

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ALTON, IL – For a second year, Alton Memorial Hospital is making health equity scholarships of up to $5,000 available to high school seniors or recent high school graduates in Madison County.

The deadline to apply is March 31. Please submit your application packet via email to April Becker at [email protected]. Materials can also be sent via U.S. mail to April at Alton Memorial Hospital, One Memorial Drive, Alton, IL 62002. For more information, contact Brad Goacher at [email protected].

Scholarships could be renewable for up to three years beyond the initial term and could include employment at Alton Memorial while in school.

Candidates for the scholarship include:

  • Permanent residents of Madison County
  • High school seniors or graduates within the last two years (also includes those obtaining a GED)
  • Students of historically marginalized populations (BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+)
  • Those who earned a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average while in high school or earned a GED
  • Students who plan to attend an accredited college, university, technical or certification program to pursue a career in health care beginning in the fall of 2023.

Recipients will be asked to consider employment at Alton Memorial Hospital during and upon completion of their degree or certification.

Scholars will be awarded up to $5,000, to be used for:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Meals and housing
  • Transportation

The final award amount may vary based on applicant pool. Applicants must submit the following documents in a single email or packet:

  • Completed application form 
  • Letter of recommendation from a school official (i.e. teacher or counselor)
  • Short answer response to each of the following questions:
  • What field of health care are you interested in pursuing and why?
  • How will this scholarship help you reach your short-term and long-term goals?
  • What does health equity mean to you and how do you plan to champion health equity in your future career in health care?
  • Copy of high school transcript or current grade report
  • Resume detailing any academic awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, etc.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Annual renewal of the scholarships will be based on documentation of progress toward completion of program and a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

The two scholarship winners in 2022 were Taryn Wallace of Alton High School and Samara Helton of Edwardsville High School. Taryn enrolled at Lewis and Clark Community College to complete her pre-pharmacy courses and will transfer to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy to pursue her Pharm D degree. Samara is attending the University of Tampa studying Biology on a Pre-Med track.

Chris Rhodes
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