Rockford Health System Expands Minority Scholarship Program

January 3, 2014

Rockford Health System President and CEO Gary E. Kaatz has challenged the health system and the Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to hand out more minority nursing scholarships. Rockford Health System, in conjunction with the Auxiliary, will double the number of scholarship, handing out twelve in 2014. The scholarships will go to African American and Spanish-speaking Hispanic students enrolled in a nursing program. Each winner will receive $2,000 toward their 2014-2015 educational expenses.

For more information, or to download an application, visit and click on careers, or contact Rozene Smith in Human Resources at (815) 971-2660. Applications are due by April 15.

Rockford Health System recognizes the importance of diversity in the local health care work force. RHS worked with the hospital auxiliary to create the scholarship program in 2008 to encourage minority nursing students in their education. Since that time the program has given nearly $70,000 to African American and Hispanic nursing students.


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