Morris Hospital Foundation offers health care scholarships

Morris Hospital Foundation Board President George McComb and Volunteer Beth Clampitt view the new philanthropic display off the hospital main lobby that recognizes donors and volunteers for their support.

The Morris Hospital Foundation is offering scholarships to students who are pursuing an education in health care.

The scholarships are intended to encourage education in any health-related course of study while enhancing the availability of health care providers in the local community, according to a news release from the hospital.

The $1,000 Carol Harrington Endowed Morris Hospital Foundation Scholarship and the $1,000 Relucio Family Healthcare Scholarship will each be awarded to a student who is pursuing an undergraduate education in a health care related field, according to news release.

Applicants must be accepted into, or currently enrolled in, a hospital-related health care curriculum at an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school and reside in one of the zip codes within Morris Hospital’s service area, which include: 60407, 60408, 60410, 60416, 60420, 60424, 60437, 60444, 60447, 60450, 60470, 60474, 60479, 60481, 60541, 61341, 61350 and 61360.

The Betty J. Sterritt Endowed Fund for Nursing Scholarship awards up to $4,000 over a two-year period to a student who resides in or is from Grundy County, is enrolled in coursework leading to a nursing degree and intends to serve as a nurse at a health care facility in Grundy County after their education is completed, according to the release.

Applications for the Carol Harrington, Relucio Family and Betty J. Sterritt scholarships are available on the hospital website, Students may apply for as many scholarships as they would like by checking the appropriate boxes on the scholarship application. Morris Hospital is at 150 West High St. Morris, IL 60450. Call the hospital at 815-942-2932 or go to

The Morris Hospital Foundation also offers the Hugo Avalos Endowed Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 to a student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in an accredited medical school, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant program, according to the release.

Applicants must be or have been a resident of Illinois. For a copy of the Hugo Avalos scholarship application, contact Hannah Wehrle, auxiliary and foundation officer at Morris Hospital, at or 815-705-7021.

Completed applications for all scholarships must be postmarked by April 19, 2024. Scholarship winners will be announced in May. For information, call the Morris Hospital Foundation at 815-705-7021.