Northwestern Memorial Foundation is dedicated to supporting the educational interests and goals of individuals who are pursuing, or who plan to pursue, careers in health care through education scholarships.
Through a variety of education scholarship programs, we are pleased to offer valuable learning and mentorship opportunities that encourage people to grow and explore and to deepen their healthcare-related interests, knowledge, and skills. One of our main objectives is to build the next generation of healthcare leaders. From high school students and those in the early stages of their careers to experienced healthcare providers, individuals in all phases of their lives and careers can benefit from our scholarship programs.
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Scholarship Program
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital proudly offers scholarships toward education expenses. Please check back for additional information to be posted when available.
- Margery Clark Burgess Scholarship: Established in honor and memory of Margery Clark Burgess, a past student at St. Charles High School, a scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from Community School District #303 who intends to pursue a degree in the healthcare field.
- Olivia Smart Scholarships: Established in honor and memory of Olivia Smart, a former head nurse at Community Hospital in Geneva, scholarships are awarded to four students who reside in or attend school within the Delnor primary service area (Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Wasco, Elburn, Kaneville or LaFox), and who intend to pursue a degree in the healthcare field.
Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, McHenry Hospital and Woodstock Hospital Nursing Scholarship Program
Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, and Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital are proud to offer nursing scholarship opportunities to students entering the profession of Nursing.
- Audrey Ballard Nursing Scholarship: The Audrey Ballard Nursing Scholarship was made possible through the generosity of Audrey Ballard, a Woodstock native and a nurse of 48 years. Individuals who receive the Audrey Ballard Nursing Scholarship are high school graduates who are pursuing education in a nursing program. Scholarship funds go directly to the school designated and are used toward tuition, fees, or books.
- Janet Smith Nursing Scholarship: The Janet Smith Nursing Scholarship was made possible through generous donations from family, friends, and community members who wanted to honor her giving spirit. Janet Smith received her nursing degree from Alverno College in 1974 and began working as a registered nurse in the obstetrics department at Woodstock Memorial Hospital. Janet exemplified the meaning of community service and volunteerism. As a certified childbirth educator, she taught Lamaze classes for expectant mothers throughout McHenry County for over 30 years. Janet lived with selfless concern for others and the strongest force in her life was the love of family and friends.
- Jackie Sund Nursing Scholarship: This scholarship was made possible in recognition of Jackie Sund’s tremendous dedication to both the nursing profession and the Centegra Health System. It was established as a means to assist future nurses with their educational expenses and to ensure Jackie’s legacy of dedication to advancing the availability of well-trained nursing professionals for our community. Jackie was a dedicated Associate of Centegra Health System for 40 years. She served as a mentor to hundreds of new nurses, sharing her knowledge of basic nursing, advanced nursing practice, critical care nursing, and as a patient flow supervisor she modeled critical thinking. She had a special affinity for those patients and their families that were dealing with any type of brain trauma. Jackie was one of the first nurses in the nation to attain the specialty certification in critical care and was one of the very first Flight for Life nurses. Her humor and spirit were contagious. Jackie would turn any challenging situation into a positive team effort with ideal patient outcomes. Jackie is missed by many whose lives she touched.
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to offer college scholarships to students pursuing a degree or certification in a healthcare-related field, such as nursing, applied health or pharmacy. Eligible applicants must live in DeKalb County, or be an immediate family member of a Kishwaukee Hospital employee, or be a Kishwaukee Hospital volunteer in good standing with at least 20 hours of service.
Women’s Board of Lake Forest Hospital Scholarship Program
The Women’s Board of Lake Forest Hospital is pleased and proud to offer scholarship opportunities to qualified Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital employees, employee’s immediate family members and hospital volunteers enrolled in an accredited clinical health career program with direct patient care.
- The A. B. Dick, Jr. Scholarship,established in 1952, is named for the first chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors. Mr. Dick served on the Board from 1940 to 1951, and his family donated the land on which the main hospital campus sits. These scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 to each recipient.
- The Marion Warner Hodgkins Scholarship was established in honor of the first president and founder of the Women’s Board. Mrs. Hodgkins served on the Women’s Board from 1946 until her death in 2000. This scholarship awards up to $5,000 to a scholarship applicant who shows exceptional talent and promise.
- The Helen Dick Bronson Scholarship was established in 2009 in memory of A.B. Dick, Jr.’s daughter, Helen Dick Bronson. Helen was a member of the Women’s Board for 60 years and served as president from 1962 to 1965. This scholarship awards $2,000 to $3,500 will be awarded to a scholarship applicant who is currently employed at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.
- The Christina Schulte Fisher Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the exceptional volunteer service of Mrs. Fisher. Her invaluable commitment to and support of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital through membership on the Board of Directors and the Women’s Board have been of immeasurable benefit to the hospital and the community. These scholarships range from $500 to $1,500 to as many as three recipients.
Marianjoy Rehabiliation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, Scholarship Program
Since its inception in 1994, the Marianjoy Rehabiliation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine Scholarship Program has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships. Each year, Marianjoy proudly awards scholarships to students with disabilities to help them to further their education, pursue opportunities for growth, explore new possibilities, and achieve their dreams. Scholarship recipients are selected without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, or national origin, and have a permanent physical disability or functional impairment.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic merit and career goals.
Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program
The Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Auxiliary offers scholarships to local residents who are pursuing healthcare careers. Applicants must live within the Valley West service area. Applicant must be a high school graduate and show proof of acceptance into a post-secondary health-related program.