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Alton Memorial Hospital offers health equity scholarships again

Shown is the College Avenue entrance at Alton Memorial Hospital. (Courtesy BJC HealthCare Alton Memorial Hospital)

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, 2024.

Submit your application packet via email to April Becker at April.Becker@bjc.org.

Materials can also be sent via U.S. mail to April at Alton Memorial Hospital, One Memorial Drive, Alton, IL 62002.

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 2024.

Recipients could 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 teacher, counselor or employer)
  • Short answer response to three questions on the application form
  • 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 a health careers degree and a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

This is the third year for the scholarship program. Scholarships could be renewable for up to three years beyond the initial term and could include employment at Alton Memorial while in school.

“We are very excited to continue the Health Equity scholarships for a third year,” said Brad Goacher, AMH chief operating officer. “We invite employees and community members to share the scholarship information with deserving youth who are interested in health careers.”

Alton Memorial had two scholarship winners in the first year of the program in 2022, then awarded eight scholarships in 2023.

For more information, contact Brad Goacher at brad.goacher@bjc.org.

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