Three MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center colleagues who are studying nursing have been awarded $3,500 scholarships from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). The scholarship recipients are Triclyn Floge, Caitlin Kennedy, and Olivia Kuhn.
In addition, Hannah Colshan, a colleague of MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center, was also awarded the scholarship. These MercyOne colleagues are among 62 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.
IHA 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 establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now over 560 students have benefited from the program.
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. Today, more than 327 scholarship recipients are working in Iowa hospitals.