Grant & Scholarship Opportunities

Decatur Memorial Foundation Community Grant

Purpose

The Decatur Memorial Foundation awards grants to central Illinois organizations with 501(c)(3) classifications and educational institutions in communities served by Decatur Memorial Hospital. 2022 grants will be awarded for programs that align with the following focus areas:

  • Increasing access to health care
  • Addressing economic disparities
  • Mental health (which includes substance abuse)
  • Healthcare Education
  • Agriculture

Grant applications are reviewed by the Grant Review Committee, which includes members of the Decatur Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, Foundation staff, and representatives of Decatur Memorial Hospital. Grants are awarded as funding permits and to those who meet qualifications.

Grant Awardee Responsibilities

Within 12 months of the grant award date, all grant recipients must submit a grant closeout report which includes grant expense reconciliation. If the amount of the grant award is greater than the amount of documented expenses, the awardee is required to reimburse the Decatur Memorial Foundation at the end of the 12-month grant period. Failure to submit final reports may result in ineligibility for future grant funding.

The Decatur Memorial Foundation requests that grantees use the following language in any publication, presentation or marketing associated with the approved project. “This project is powered by a grant from the Decatur Memorial Foundation.”

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Decatur Memorial Foundation Agriculture Scholarship

Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year to graduates of any Macon County high school who have selected a career in agriculture at a two or four year college. Applicants must be a high school senior or undergraduate. The Decatur Memorial Foundation and Board of Directors administers these scholarships.

Materials required for application

  1. Completed & Signed application
  2. Transcript from High school
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of enrollment (Copy of acceptance letter or copy of fall class schedule)
  5. Essay (Maximum of 300 words) what do you hope to accomplish with an agriculture degree? What has influenced your decision to enter the agriculture field? How will this scholarship assist you in your educational pursuits?

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Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Nursing Scholarship

One $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving student who is pursuing a nursing degree at Richland Community College. Applicants must be a high school senior or already enrolled in Richland’s Nursing Program. The Decatur Memorial Foundation and Board of Directors administers these scholarships.

Materials required for application

  1. Completed & Signed application
  2. Transcript from High school
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of enrollment in a nursing program at Richland Community College (Copy of acceptance letter or copy of class schedule)
  5. Essay (Maximum of 300 words) what do you hope to accomplish with a nursing degree? What has influenced your decision to pursue a nursing career? How will this scholarship assist you in your educational pursuits?

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Dr. Richard H. Fritz Nursing Scholarship

One $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduate of any Macon County high school who has selected a career in nursing at a two or four year college. Applicants must be a high school senior or undergraduate. The Decatur Memorial Foundation and Board of Directors administers these scholarships.

Materials required for application

  1. Completed & Signed application
  2. Transcript from High school
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of enrollment (Copy of acceptance letter or copy of fall class schedule)
  5. Essay (Maximum of 300 words) what do you hope to accomplish with a nursing degree? What has influenced your decision to pursue a nursing career? How will this scholarship assist you in your educational pursuits?

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Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Healthcare Support Professionals Scholarship 

Three $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year to a graduate of any Macon County high school who is pursuing a career at a two or four year college in a healthcare support profession (i.e. nursing, x-ray tech, lab tech, pharmacy tech, etc.). The Decatur Memorial Hospital Auxiliary administers these scholarships. 

Materials required for application

  1. Completed and signed application
  2. High school transcript
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of enrollment (copy of acceptance letter or copy of fall class schedule)
  5. Essay (maximum of 300 words). What do you hope to accomplish with your education? What has influenced your decision to enter the healthcare field? How will this scholarship assist you in your educational pursuits?

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