Lindsey Ricklefs, Katelyn Thompson and Tori Palmeri, employees at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital have each been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). They are among several outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program. Ricklefs is attending Creighton University pursuing an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) degree, Thompson is attending the University of Iowa for a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree and Palmeri is attending Allen College pursuing a degree in occupational therapy.
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.
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.
IHERF is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iowa Hospital Association. IHERF is a charitable nonprofit and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.