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SwedishAmerican Awards 11 Scholarships to Employees’ Children

August 16, 2013

As college tuition costs continue to rise, the good news is that SwedishAmerican Health System is here to ease some of the burden through our Employees’ Children Scholarship Program, which recently provided 11 four-year $1,000 scholarships to children of SwedishAmerican employees earlier this month. To be considered for the scholarship, each applicant submitted an application, written essay, ACT scores, class rank, official school transcript, completed applicant appraisal, a personal letter of recommendation and a copy of his or her letter of acceptance.

Local winners are: John Brekelbaum, son of John (Information Systems); Jena Davis, daughter of Brenda (Accounts Payable); Miranda Goen, daughter of Brenda Berner (SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere); Haley Irwin, daughter of Viki (Marketing); Erin Konicek, daughter of Janet (Pharmacy); Aaron McDaniel, son of Daphne Brown (Emergency Department); Samuel Simpson, son of Cynthia Claassen (Pre-Registration); Elizabeth Soter, daughter of Mignon (Reimbursement Office); Adam Vanbuskirk son of Kim (Respiratory Therapy); Stephanie Varilek, daughter of Louann (Administrative Supervisor–Nursing Support); and Alexandria Watz, daughter of Jason Bauer (7th Floor).

“Our Employees’ Children Scholarship Program is just one more example of how we are working to positively impact our employees and community,” says Jerry Guinane, vice president of human resources. “With the rising costs of higher education, we are pleased to continue to offer this financial assistance to our employees and their children. As it is every year, this year’s selection process was extremely difficult, and we express our gratitude over the interest these young men and women have shown in the program.”

According to the latest reports from the College Board, students and their families can expect to pay, on average, 3.5 percent more for tuition and fees. The median full-time public four-year undergraduate, including both in state and out-of-state students, is enrolled at an institution with published tuition and fees of $8,672, while the median full time undergraduate in the private nonprofit four-year sector faces published charges of $30,200.

“We’re proud to support the next generation of professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs in our communities,” says SwedishAmerican Health System President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “A college education is a vital step in determining the success of our young people. At SwedishAmerican, we believe education is one of the most important building blocks of a strong, thriving community. We are extremely pleased to congratulate the winners and their parents for this outstanding scholastic achievement.”

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. Through an exclusive affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new cancer center in October 2013.

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Paul Greenland

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