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[FEB. 24, 2005]  For the eleventh year, the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation is proud to administer the Zimmerman Healthcare Career Scholarships competition. Local students who will study this fall for a career in health care may now apply. Application forms are available from the guidance departments of local high schools and Lincoln College or online at

The scholarship competition is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation on behalf of the Dwight and Betty Zimmerman estate. The Zimmermans, from San Jose, were longtime supporters of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. They established the scholarship fund in 1995 to support local youth who plan careers in service to the health of others.

Scholarship applicants must be a current student at Lincoln College or a graduating senior from Lincoln Community High School, Mount Pulaski High School, Olympia High School, Hartsburg-Emden High School, Delavan Community High School or Illini Central High School. Preference is given to students who are from Logan or eastern Mason counties, and those who are preparing for a career in nursing.

Completed application packets, which include a four-page application, essay, transcript, letter of acceptance into college degree program and two letters of recommendation, are due to Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation on April 1. The selection committee is most interested in why the student has chosen a career in health care and hopes to see that reflected throughout the application packet.

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Five to seven students will be chosen to interview at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital with a committee of physicians, educators, representatives of Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation and the Zimmerman family, and other health care professionals. The top two applicants will receive the $1,500 Zimmerman scholarships, and the next three finalists will be awarded $500 scholarships from the foundation.

Questions regarding the scholarships may be directed to Marty Ahrends, executive director of the foundation.

Community members who wish to financially support local students pursuing careers in health care may send contributions to the Healthcare Careers Scholarship Fund, Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 315 Eighth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

[Provided by Marty Ahrends, executive director, Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation]


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