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Health system donates $250,000 to Carl Sandburg College for student scholarships

Bill Gaither
Carl Sandburg College

Some students at Carl Sandburg College will have their studies paid for, thanks to a new scholarship program.

The Graham Scholars Program will cover all educational fees for eligible students enrolled in certain health and technical programs. Those include accounting, computer technician certificate, medical assisting and nursing.

Chief Advancement Officer Eric Johnson says expenses, like transportation and childcare, can prevent students from finishing their degrees.

"Anytime that we can relieve a little bit of stress, a little bit of frustration, you know, just kind of give them that jump-start and a little bit of charge in their step as far as finishing their degree or starting."

"To be able to cover a little bit that might lessen the cost for books, lessen the cost for fees for that semester or for the tuition that they face, maybe it takes care of an unexpected car repair."

It's supported by a $250,000 donation, set up as an endowment, from Graham Health System.

The Graham Scholars Program is open now to students from Illinois and Iowa, plus international students.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.