Megan Kooistra of Pella, an employee of Pella Regional Health Center, who is studying nursing at Creighton University, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). She is among 33 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.
Iowa hospitals established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to remain in the state as they establish their careers. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005, and now 267 students have benefited from the program. Including these latest awards, the scholarship program has provided more than $800,000 in direct support to students since its inception.
In exchange for that financial support, scholarship-receiving students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award. In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce.
Hospital leaders from all parts of the state evaluated scholarship applications from more than 115 students, who were judged on grade-point average, a written personal statement, letters of reference, and extracurricular, community and health care-related activities.
Pella Regional Health Center is a not-for-profit provider of healthcare that is accredited by The Joint Commission. Its mission is to provide healthcare and healing services with Christian compassion. Information on Pella Regional Health Center and its clinics is available by calling Public Relations at 641-621-2358 or visiting the website, www.pellahealth.org.