The SIH Scholarship Program brings together college scholarship money with hands-on work opportunities. Qualified applicants are eligible for money to cover tuition, lab fees, books and educational supplies. Scholarship recipients will be required to sign a contractual work agreement, stating they will work for SIH after graduating from their healthcare discipline. The length of the work agreement is dependant on the amount awarded to each scholarship recipient. Those who leave their educational program or choose to work elsewhere after graduation will be required to repay the scholarship back to SIH as a loan.
The designated Healthcare Careers for the SIH Scholarship Program include:
- Health Information Technology (2 year scholarship)
- Registered Nurse(2 year scholarship for Associate Degree students and SIH will assist in paying the final 2 out of 4 years for Bachelor Degree student)
- Respiratory Therapist (2 year scholarship)
- Physical Therapist (scholarship assistance for PT students entering their last 1-2 years of the PT program)
SIH also offers an RN-BSN Scholarship Program for SIH employees that are furthering their education in Nursing. Employees must show proof of enrollment in an accredited BSN program and in the event a BSN position becomes available at SIH, the recipient, if eligible, must consider the position.
Deadline to apply for the scholarship programs listed above is May 1st of each year. Applications received after the deadline will be processed the following year. Interviews will be held in June and recipients will be awarded in July/August each year.
Please contact 618.457.5200 ext. 67803 for more information.
Q. How much money will I receive?
The SIH Scholarship is available to cover items such as tuition (to an accredited college/university program), lab fees, books and educational supplies.
Q. What obligations will I have?
Those accepted into the SIH Scholarship program must agree to work for SIH after they graduate one year (12 months) for each academic year they accept the scholarship money.
Q. Must I attend school full-time or part-time?
Once in the SIH scholarship program, you may attend school full-time. If you are an SIH employee, you may attend school part-time.
Q. What if there is no job available when I graduate?
While that situation is unlikely, especially as the healthcare needs of the community continue to grow, SIH would simply waive any contractual responsibility you signed and you would not have to repay the scholarship.
Q. How do I apply?
Anyone interested in the SIH Scholarship program must complete an application packet and interview process. The application packet includes a biographical application, official transcripts, personal essays and three letters of recommendation. A selection committee will review all the information, conduct interviews, and select the scholarship recipients.
Q. What criteria must I meet?
You must be accepted by the school you want to attend. To continue in the program, you must maintain an appropriate grade point average (GPA), which will be determined by each individual college/university program, to stay in the program. This will be monitored at the end of each college semester.
Q. What majors may I choose from?
You may choose from the following majors: Registered Health Information Technician, Registered Nurse, Respiratory Therapist and Physical Therapist.
Q. What if I leave school or work elsewhere after graduating?
Scholarship recipients who leave school or don’t work for SIH after graduating will be required to repay the scholarship money back to SIH as a loan with interest, under an agreed-upon time frame.