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The Virginia M. Long Scholarship for Nursing Education is available to life-long or long-term residents of Kankakee County. Preference will be given to candidates with post-secondary life experience or candidate seeking a second career.

The scholarship will fund a student enrolled in RN certification through an associate degree from Kankakee Community College or an LPN student enrolled in the RN program at Kankakee Community College. The award will be distributed through the Kankakee Community College Foundation and may be used to fund books, tuition, and uniforms.

Official transcripts will be required for all applicants.

The scholarship may be renewed following successful completion of the first-year program. Recipients are invited to reapply if they have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all course work. Recipient will be considered along with new applicant pool.

The recipient of the scholarship must agree to a two-year employment commitment at AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee. If the recipient cannot meet the employment commitment a repayment plan will be expected.

For more information please call 815.937.2401.

Application forms are available below, through the Administration Office of AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee, or through Kankakee Community College Nursing Department.

Decision will be made by May 1, 2019 and the recipient will be recognized during the 2019 National Nurses’ Week.

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Applications must be returned to the Administration Office, AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee, 500 W Court St, Kankakee, IL 60901 no later than April 15, 2019. A completed essay must accompany the application (see guidelines).


About Virginia Long

Virginia Long was introduced to health care as a child and she committed to a career in health care for all the right reasons.

She gave of herself and always held staff to the highest level of delivery. The Infection Control program she established at AMITA Health St. Mary's Kankakee still exists today. The policies and procedures she wrote are still in force. Virginia always promoted best practice in all she did and in all the staff she supervised during her 20+ years at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital.

This scholarship was set up by Virginia and her family in her honor to help those pursuing a career in the nursing profession.

Virginia passed away in 2012. To date, the Virginia Long Scholarship has awarded over $10,000 to aid local nursing students on their journey.


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