Students seeking careers in health care can earn money toward tuition as part of the educational assistance program offered by OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. Designed to support high school seniors and college students living within LaSalle County, the program offers up to $5,000 annually to its recipients.
“This is my mission in life. This is where I was always meant to be,” stated Jamie Brewer, RN, a Behavioral Health Nurse at OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. Brewer, along with Tara Vickers, RN, and Beth Walker, RN, received the 2017 Educational Assistance Scholarship from OSF HealthCare.
One of the goals of the Educational Assistance Program is to address concerns of a possible workforce shortage within the health care industry, placing more emphasis on recruiting and retaining talent locally.
“In exchange for tuition assistance, award recipients will be asked to invest their skills into the community by returning to work within the hospital or one of our local clinics,” stated Ken Beutke, President of OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. “By directing our resources for educational assistance more strategically, we help to ensure that caregivers are available in the future.”
Students applying for educational assistance must meet various requirements and be able to submit a number of supporting documents to be eligible for consideration. More information about the educational assistance program, including the online application, is available by clicking here. The deadline to apply is February 16.