FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Five area students have been awarded scholarships to help cover the cost of healthcare education. More than 50 outstanding students applied for the 2019 FHN Healthcare Career Scholarships and Diversity Scholarships this year.
Students applying for the scholarship write an essay about their career path along with their strengths and personal goals to support the healthcare needs of FHN’s service area. The scholarship committee invited the top candidates for in-person interviews.
After the interviews, four winners were chosen to receive a $1,000 Healthcare Scholarship and one winner was chosen to receive a $1,000 Diversity Scholarship to help cover education expenses for the winter 2020 term. The 2019 FHN Healthcare Career Scholarship winners are:
Katherine Groezinger of Elizabeth, who is pursuing an occupational therapy degree at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill.
Bailey Johnson of Freeport, who is pursuing a speech pathology degree at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in Whitewater, Wis.
Keegan Koester of Freeport, who is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa
Emma Nelson of Forreston, who is pursuing a speech pathology degree at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill.
The 2019 Diversity Scholarship winner is:
Teylor Macon of Freeport, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.
“We are proud to offer these scholarships each year to area students who excel,” said FHN Talent Acquisition Specialist Carol Boeke BSN, RN. “We are excited that they’ve chosen to pursue a future in the healthcare field and encourage them to keep FHN in mind for career guidance along their way, as well as when they’ve completed their education.”
FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 21 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational health services, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.