The Iowa Hospital Association’s (IHA’s) Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) has awarded $182,000 in scholarships to college students from all parts of Iowa. Among those receiving a $3,500 scholarship are Dena Kaufman and Katherine Mulder, colleagues at Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque. Kaufman is a patient care technician on the psychiatric services unit who will earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Dubuque. Mulder is a certified nursing assistant on the surgical services unit who is working toward a BSN degree from the University of Dubuque.
Since its inception 14 years ago, the IHERF scholarship fund has provided support to about 34 students each year. This year, that number was increased to 52. Similarly, in 2016, the scholarship amount was increased from $3,000 to $3,500. Each recipient is also eligible for an additional $3,500 award. Seven of the students are repeat recipients from 2017.