The Lourdes Foundation and Lourdes Auxiliary are helping students pursuing careers in the health care field by offering seven scholarships to students living the Tri-Cities and Burbank areas. Six of the scholarships are for $1,500, and one is for $500. They will be awarded based on merit, volunteerism and financial need.
“There’s a need in our community for these scholarships,” said Lourdes Foundation President Kathy Ruggles. “We’re trying to reach out to those students in those areas so that hopefully one day once they have their education in nursing or in a healthcare related field they would come back to Lourdes.”
The scholarships mark one of the most recent advances for the health system that now traces its history back a century, to its beginnings with a 15-bed hospital in Pasco’s Montana Hotel.
“Our ability to embrace challenge and change is a trait woven into the fabric of Lourdes’ culture – it’s something we’ve been doing since 1916 with faith, courage, collaboration and innovation,” said Lisa Larson, director of marketing & communications for the Lourdes Health Network. The scholarships are an example of how Washington’s venerable hospitals are continuing to evolve and advance health care into the future.