Sheley to begin dream career at Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Sheley and the hospital
benefit from ALMH Foundation Scholarship program
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[March 19, 2016]
- You know the feeling. It’s a mix of nervous butterflies combined
with budding excitement that only builds the closer you get to starting
something new. And for Hannah Sheley, a soon-to-be pharmacy graduate
from Lincoln, it represents the starting block of her chosen career
“My mom is a nurse, and my grandma worked at ALMH for many
years,” she said. “The healthcare field has always been in the back
of my mind. And when I worked at Walgreens as a tech years ago, I
realized I didn’t want to say, ‘let me talk to the pharmacist’
anymore. I wanted to be the pharmacist.”
Hannah will hit the ground running when she starts work in May.
She’ll be the first pharmacist at ALMH stationed in the emergency
room. Part of a growing trend at larger hospitals, the new position
helps ensure ALMH patients receive the safest and most effective
“I’m just ready to be in the field I love and practicing what I went
to school to do,” Hannah said.
For the past six years, Hannah has attended Southern Illinois
University Edwardsville with the support of a healthcare careers
scholarship from the ALMH Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to
selected applicants in exchange for a work commitment.
“You accrue a lot of debt over six years,” Hannah said. “And this
last year has been extremely expensive with all the costs of
finishing school adding up. I’m very thankful for the scholarship
program. It’s helped me tremendously.”
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Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded more than $220,000 in scholarships to
local students pursuing careers in healthcare. It’s funded by generous community
supporters who feel it’s important for local residents to receive the best
education possible, which in turn allows them to deliver the best patient care
right here at home.
For Hannah, it was an easy decision.
“I was raised in Lincoln,” she said. “I love the people, the location and ALMH.
So I see it as a win-win. It’s really worked out for me, and I’m ready to get to
Detailed scholarship guidelines and application forms are available for download
at ALMH.org. Completed applications are due April 1, 2016 by 4pm. For more
information, contact Sarah Helm, ALMH Foundation director at 217-605-5008.