Sarah Bush Lincoln Partners with EIU to Create SBL Scholars Fund | Community


The Gail & Richard Lumpkin School of Nursing at the University of Eastern Illinois will receive a substantial donation from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center to help local students become qualified nurses to serve the region.

Six students will be appointed SBL scholarship holders from the 2022-2023 academic year. These students will receive full scholarships for EIU’s four-year Bachelor of Nursing program, covering all direct campus costs, including tuition, fees, textbooks, and student accommodation and food on the program campus. Each year, the scholarships will be renewable for students continuing the program, with a new cohort starting each year until 2029.

SBL Fellows will be selected from full-time EIU nursing students graduating from high schools in a 10-county service area including Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Moultrie and Shelby. counties. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in high school, complete a special application process that includes interviews. Their applications will also be examined by a selection committee. SBL Fellows will also participate in engaging programs hosted by the Gail & Richard Lumpkin School of Nursing and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. SBL Fellows will be required to maintain continuous, full-time enrollment in the EIU Nursing Study Program.

“This is an extraordinary partnership and an invaluable benefit to our regional communities,” said Dr. Holly Farley, Director of the EIU Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. “National nursing shortages are having an incredible impact from large cities to rural communities, and partnerships like this are delivering tangible and beneficial results for ambitious and deserving students while strengthening the health capacities and capacities of our centers.” local medical professionals. This is truly a victory for our students, for the local healthcare industry and for the regions that our institutions both passionately serve. Many thanks to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and everyone at SBL for supporting this dynamic and consistent partnership. “

Sarah Bush Lincoln, President and CEO Jerry Esker, added, “Our need for nurses grows every year and we know that if we can help local nursing students turn their dreams into reality we may -be better chances of recruiting them to take care of people in their community. We are investing in our future with the help of EIU. We are extremely grateful to Gail and Richard Lumpkin for establishing their nursing school.

EIU President David Glassman echoed Esker’s sentiment on the importance of investing in a common future.

“Eastern Illinois University and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center are mutually excited about the opportunity this partnership offers to support future skilled and dedicated nurses in our community,” said Glassman. “EIU deeply values ​​its relationship with our SBL colleagues, and their collective vision of how best EIU can serve and support them in fulfilling their critical health mission here at home has been invaluable throughout this fantastic collaboration. “

Advertised as the EIU Nursing ‘Premier’ Academic Fellowship, students selected for the SBL Scholars program will be guaranteed acceptance into the clinical phase of the nursing program. This scholarship program represents a true partnership between the EIU and the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (SBLHC) as it combines EIU’s merit aid and need-based aid with the support of SBLHC to fully fund the scholarships. training fee for a selected cohort of EIU nursing students from admission. upon graduation. Additionally, both organizations will invest in the personal and professional growth of students in each cohort along the way.

More information on the SBL Scholars program will be released once further details are finalized. For more information about EIU, or to find out more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at, or call the public information office of EIU. ‘EIU at 217-581-7400.


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