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Saint Francis Foundation Accepting 2024 Healthcare Scholarship Applications

Applications for the 2024 Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program funded by Saint Francis Foundation and Auxiliary are now available. The program awards more than 20 scholarships of up to $2,000 annually to students pursuing a healthcare-related career.

The Steven C. Bjelich Executive Scholarship is available for students pursuing a master's degree in Healthcare Administration and is awarded to one recipient every other year. Additionally, the scholarship pays the recipient's institution $5,000 per year for two years, equaling a $10,000 total reward.

Applicants must have completed one year as a student in an accredited healthcare program and be currently enrolled. Students must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average on a 4.0 scale. As defined in the application, they must also reside within Saint Francis Healthcare System's service area. Applicants must submit a fully completed online application and all required documentation to the Foundation by 5 pm Friday, June 28, 2024. Students may receive one scholarship per year for a maximum of two years.

Since its inception in 1980, the scholarship program has provided nearly $839,000 in education scholarships to college students to encourage professional healthcare careers.

All applicants are considered regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, handicap or veteran status. Applications are available at For more information, please call the Foundation at 573-331-5177.

Saint Francis Healthcare System is guided by our Mission to provide a ministry of healing, wellness, quality and love inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ. Founded by Franciscan Sisters in 1875, our priority remains the same: serve all who enter with dignity, compassion and joy. Serving nearly 713,000 people across Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas, our focus is on patients' outcomes, experience and value.

Anchored by Saint Francis Medical Center, a 306-bed tertiary hospital, and supported by nearly 3,000 employees and more than 250 providers in ten communities, the Healthcare System is a driving economic force in the region. Major services include the Cancer Institute, Emergency and Level III Trauma Center, Family BirthPlace and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Heart Hospital, Neurosciences and Orthopedics.