Scholarships and Endowments


Scholarship applicationNew and returning students are encouraged to apply for the St. John's College scholarship. Scholarships are made possible by our generous donors. A qualified student must demonstrate financial need which is determined through the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition to the FAFSA, a qualified student must demonstrate academic integrity and a desire to be fully engaged in the rich teachings and heritage of St. John's College.

Please use the scholarship application link above to apply for all available scholarships, except the HSHS St. John's Hospital Nursing Student Scholarship. It has a separate application.
  • Complete and return the application, along with a short essay (300 words or less), by
    March 15, 2017.
  • Applications must be received by March 15 for consideration.
  • 2017 - 2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and received by the Financial Aid Office before a scholarship can be awarded. The FAFSA may be received after the March 15 deadline.

HSHS St. John's Hospital - Nursing Student Scholarship
The nursing student scholarship provided by HSHS St. John's Hospital offers funding for educational expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. $2,500 is paid each semester to qualifying students attending St. John's College of Nursing programs or for current HSHS St. John's Hospital colleagues attending a BSN program elsewhere.

Applications will be accepted February 1, 2017 – April 1, 2017. After April 1, applications will be reviewed and top candidates are chosen for interviews. Twenty to 25 scholarships are awarded in May/June. Applicants should have an interest in working for HSHS St. John’s as an RN upon graduation/ passing boards.

This scholarship is restricted to students who have relatives who graduated from St. John’s College or its predecessor, St. John’s School of Nursing. Recognizing that the legacy of the College embraces families, communities and networks, this scholarship continues the long standing tradition of excellence in nursing education.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship
Since 1996, The Springfield Branch of the American Association of University Women has supported St. John’s College, Department of Nursing with gifts for Scholarships. AAUW’s Scholarship guidelines specify, “A woman student who is returning to an educational setting after delaying her post high school education.” AAUW’s mission is to advance equality for all women and girls through education, advocacy, and research.

Fredericka Balfanz Scholarship
Established in memory of Fredericka L. Balfanz by her children, this scholarship was created to carry on the work so aptly performed by their mother. Her career spanned World War II. She served as a community health nurse emphasizing obstetrics, child care and gynecology in San Francisco, and served as a private duty nurse at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Springfield from 1945 to 1965; she was a school nurse (certified) at Lincoln Community High School from 1965-1985. At the age of 61, she graduated from St. Francis College in Joliet earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Arts. She retired from Lincoln Community High School at the age of 70. Mrs. Balfanz’s children, Henry and Luise continue to honor their mother through this endowed scholarship. Luise is a 1984 alumna of St. John’s School of Nursing.

Muriel (Dahmm) Barnard Endowed Scholarship Fund
John Barnard established this endowed scholarship in memory of his wife, Muriel, class of 1977. Muriel worked in IMC at St. John’s Hospital and was very willing to mentor and teach nursing students while there. She continued her passion for helping others to learn when she left St. John's and started work at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Throughout her career, foremost for her was passing on her nursing knowledge to others. Sharing her nursing knowledge so others could improve care to patients continued up to her final hospitalization. This scholarship was created to support a nursing student that values lifelong learning and the role of teaching in nursing. This scholarship has a preference for students from Logan County. Muriel’s sister, Vivian, also graduated from St. John’s College in 1980.

The Blanche Martyn Barnes Book Award Endowment Fund
The Blanche Martyn Barnes Book Award was established by Ed and Sue Mahoney in loving memory of Sue’s grandmother. This book award supports a single parent student, with first preference for a senior student with the highest GPA based on their junior year at St. John’s College. The second preference is for a junior student with the highest GPA.

Marjorie Beyers Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship begun in 2010 by faculty, staff and friends of St. John’s College and St. John’s Hospital, this scholarship honors the achievements and service of Marjorie Beyers, a 1957 alumna who served as interim chancellor during the 2009-2010 academic year. The scholarship has been established for nursing students and faculty.

Alice Beynon Scholarship
This scholarship was created to support a student with a special interest in child bearing and child rearing nursing practice. Students who express this interest in their senior year are eligible for this scholarship so that they can pursue their nursing careers and provide excellent care to all.

Monica Jordan-Borgognoni Scholarship Endowment Fund
In memory of her mother, Monica Jordan Borgognoni, Class of 1957, Sheri Stauffer and her husband Jeff established this scholarship endowment. This scholarship represents a faith filled individual who always had a positive outlook on life, her patients and her career. This endowment shall be awarded annually to a student from Montgomery or Sangamon County.

Jacob and Helen Borntreger Scholarship Endowment
Cheryl Huffman, the daughter of Jacob and Helen Borntreger, wishes to honor her parents and support the mission and future of St. John’s College of Nursing with the establishment of this scholarship. To honor her parents, preference will be given to a student from Amish or Mennonite heritage or to a first generation college student.

Roberta Broyles Memorial Scholarship
Endowed by Shirley May Neill, a fellow nurse, this scholarship honors Roberta’s service as an army corps nurse, an operating room nurse and nurse anesthetist in England during World War II. Later Roberta served in Korea at the 121st Evacuation Hospital and continued her nursing practice career in California, passing away in 1991.

The Gertie Egan Community Service Award
This Gertie Egan award was created to honor an exceptional woman who exemplifies the spirit of service. Gertie (Anhalt 1947) Egan worked for more than forty years as a registered nurse, spending the last several years of her career caring for patients at St. John’s Hospice. She was active in her church and the community to St. John’s School of Nursing. Each year The Gertie Egan Community Service Award is presented to students who demonstrate the highest merit of community service while supporting the St. John’s College mission and philosophy.

Millie and Norbert Esker Scholarship
The Esker family has created its own legend at St. John’s College. More than five members of the Esker family graduated from the College or the former School of Nursing. This scholarship is endowed in memory of their parents, five of whose children became nurses and in turn impacted thousands of lives throughout their nursing careers. 

Pat Evenson Scholarship
This scholarship endowed by the Sangamon County Medical Society Auxiliary is designated for a nursing student who had completed at least one year at St. John’s College with a 2.5 grade point average. The scholarship is restricted to residents of Sangamon County, of good academic background and who are considered potential candidates for successful careers. Physicians and their spouses donate to this scholarship each year.

Harriett Yoggerst Farr Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the children of Harriett Yoggerst Farr to provide assistance for a senior nursing student to complete the nursing degree program. Eligible senior students have benefited from this generous support by moving forward to complete their education and to begin their nursing careers.

Marcella and Ambrose Gatton Scholarship
Established as a trust for eligible young women from Pawnee, Springfield, and surrounding areas, this scholarship allows students to fund their nursing education. The Gatton's created this scholarship to recognize Mary Lou Catteau, a school secretary for 50 years who was also a friend, and the deserving students who worked so diligently to become nurses.

Denise Marie Hahn Endowed Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 2015 by the family and husband of alumna, Denise Marie Hahn (Haarmann, Class of 1981) to honor her memory. The recipient embodies the qualities that Denise possessed including leadership, professionalism and caring. As a loving wife, and mother of Chad, Corey and Joni, Denise was passionate about both her family and the impact of her profession. While active in her community she served in leadership roles throughout her career with a special interest in cardiac rehabilitation and wellness promotion. Born on September 29, 1960 to Harold and Pauline Haarmann of Effingham, Denise had six siblings, two of whom are St John’s alumnae. Her mother, Pauline (Heischmidt, Class of 1953), son, Chad and daughter-in-law, Ashlee, are also alumni. Denise’s husband Larry resides in Newton, IL and enjoys contributing to her legacy and the education assistance of future nurses.

Suzanne Havey Memorial Scholarship
Family and friends of Suzanne Havey, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 45, created this scholarship in her memory. Her two daughters, son, and husband have continued to carry on her legacy of caring through their volunteerism and contributions to the hospital and to the college.

Hilma Hawkins Memorial Scholarship
Kathleen Sgro, DNP, MBA, RN, a 1985 graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing and president of the Hospice-Care of Sangamon County, established this endowed scholarship with colleagues. This endowment in memory of Hilma Hawkins, a medical social worker, recognizes the excellent care she gave patients, acknowledges the support and help Hilma gave to her colleagues, patients and families over the years and enables individuals who want to be nurses to pursue their career path.

The Mercedes Hoag Scholarship
Two brothers and a sister, all of whom remained unmarried, established this trust to support a Roman Catholic nurse education program. Their generosity enables students to complete their nursing education and to enter the field of nursing where they make immeasurable contributions.

Irwin-Sharp Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Sylvia Sharp to honor the memory of her parents and grandparents who dedicated their lives to the health professions. The parents were Roy Warren Sharp and Mona Irwin Sharp, who was a 1933 graduate of the School of Nursing. The grandparents were James Irwin, a St. John’s Hospital physician, and Rosa Irwin, his wife. All led exemplary lives in helping others. Their legacy is carried on in this scholarship granted to senior students at the college.

Elizabeth “Betty” Scheffler Koenig Scholarship
Thomas J. Schorle of West Hartford, CT, established this scholarship in honor of his grandmother. Mrs. Koenig was one of the first three lay women to graduate from St. John’s School of Nursing in 1916. She entered the school in September 1912. Elizabeth was born on April 26, 1888, aboard a ship on the ocean when her parents came to the United States from Germany.

LaFata Scholarship
Dr. Paul LaFata and his wife were friends of the college. They donated their time, health services,and financial assistance to the college over time. Dr. LaFata provided free health services to the students at the college until his retirement in the early 1950’s and his wife served on committees and groups to support the college. This endowed scholarship carries on their memory. The LaFata's also gifted the college with a stained glass window that is displayed in the front hall of the College.

The Tom Madigan Memorial Scholarship
Endowed to honor Mr. Tom Madigan in 1986, the sponsor, Mr. Sydney Epstein selected the nursing program at St. John’s for scholarship support. Mr. Madigan was director of the operations division for the Capital Development Board, a state agency that oversaw completion of construction and renovation projects throughout the state. A cooperative and fair employer, Tom was a role model for practicing nurses.

Jean McNeill Memorial Scholarship
Jess McNeill endowed this scholarship to honor his wife’s 41 years of service as a nurse. Jean McNeill was a faculty member at St. John’s School of Nursing. She was a respected colleague who was cherished by others. This scholarship was created after her death in 1997.

Med-Sense Guaranteed
Med-Sense Guaranteed Association established five currently used nursing scholarships to be awarded to senior students in good academic standing who demonstrate financial need. The scholarships are to cover tuition and fees.

Teresa Mueller Memorial Scholarship
The Teresa Mueller Memorial Scholarship is given by The Honorable Matthew and Kristina Maurer (McCarthy, Class of 1988). Teresa and Kris were friends and classmates while enrolled at St. John’s School of Nursing. Teresa was an accomplished nurse who lived life to its fullest. She was dedicated to her family and friends. Teresa is an inspiration and exemplifies the best in nursing and humanity.

Odd Fellows Lodge Scholarship
Created in the 17th century in England, the Odd Fellows is an organization that gives aid to those in need. Projects pursued by this organization benefit all of mankind. The name Odd Fellows is said to derive from the fact that in the 17th century it was thought that individuals who would donate their time and money to these causes were “odd.”

Ann Elizabeth Pohlman Scholarship
Ann Elizabeth Pohlman was a member of the class of 2001. Richard and Ruth Pohlman, parents of Ann, along with family and friends, established a fund upon her untimely death, to be used for a nursing student who exemplifies the qualities possessed by Ann during her nine-year nursing career. Her qualities included compassion, caring, competence, dedication, dependability, positive attitude when confronting challenges, and good moral character.

Annual awards from this fund are decided upon by St. John’s College instructors who identify nursing students who possess the qualities valued by Ann and exemplified by their personal caring of/for their patients. The student will be selected based on his/her financial need and an ongoing effort in achieving their nursing goals.

The Sister Charitas Prince, OSF Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship has been established through gifts from alumni and friends to honor Sister Charitas on her many achievements. Sister Charitas is the first recipient of the St. John’s College Distinguished Alumni Award, which was granted on May 12, 2010. Today this scholarship continues to honor the memory and legacy of Sister Charitas.

Samaritans of St. John’s Hospital Scholarship
The Samaritans is an organization of volunteers who serve St. John’s Hospital, its patients and staff. Not only do the Samaritans provide service, they also provide financial support for both the hospital and the college. Students have benefited from the support by this scholarship for many years.

Jenna Martin Seelbach Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Family and friends of Jenna Martin Seelbach have established this endowment to be awarded to a nursing student who embodies Jenna’s qualities of intelligence, kindness, compassion and humility. Jenna was a graduate of St. John’s College of Nursing where she was the president of her class and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

The Steinheimer Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Ray and Irene Steinheimer and supports students who are pursuing their nursing education.

St. John’s College Alumni Association
The Alumni Association, led by its Board of Directors, contributes to the Alumni Scholarship fund annually through personal contributions, fundraisers and events that raise money to enable students to attend St. John’s College. Each year we receive contributions from more than 600 alumni in response to our promotions and annual appeal.

St. John’s College Board Scholarship
The St. John’s College Board Scholarship was established by Aggie Hayner, Board Chair, in 2014. Since then board members have been invited to contribute to the fund at the end of the year and most recently, in honor of Chancellor Dr. Brenda Jeffers’ retirement. The fund has reached endowment status which means it will be awarded to a student within the next couple of years.

Dr. Jesse Stocker Endowed Scholarship
Through her estate, Mrs. Corinne Stocker established this endowed scholarship in honor of her late husband, Dr. Jesse Stocker. Dr. Stocker recognized the need for trained, educated nurses and viewed nurses as a vital part of health care. Throughout his career, Dr. Stocker supported the nursing profession, and this merit scholarship will continue to inspire, reward and support nursing students who excel in their nursing education.

The Stukenberg Endowed Scholarship
Endowed by Judith Holley, a 1961 graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing, this scholarship honors her parents Emil and Vera Stukenberg. The scholarship was endowed in remembrance of the sacrifices her parents made to provide her with the education that prepared her for her nursing career, which she enjoyed for over 40 years.

Rita Termine Memorial Scholarship
Family and friends of Rita Termine have established this scholarship for a nursing student who exemplifies the qualities possessed by her throughout her successful nursing career. Qualities such as a positive attitude, leader, teacher, enthusiastic, kind, empathetic, someone who lives life to the fullest and who possesses a good sense of humor are all traits that describe who Rita was as a person. Rita was a graduate of St. John’s College of Nursing (Hopman, Class of 1946).

Theresa J. Vann Memorial Student and Faculty Scholarship
Theresa worked as a nurse in the maternity department at St. John’s Hospital from 1949-1967 and taught at St. John’s College of Nursing from 1967 until 2002, where she retired as assistant professor. Theresa Vann’s legacy continues through all of her former students and friends on the faculty of St. John’s College of Nursing. Each year a scholarship shall be available to a senior at the College of Nursing or a returning student who is pursuing a higher degree through the college. The student’s character shall honor Mrs. Vann’s legacy of leadership within their peer community, compassion for patients and one who cares deeply about social justice and equality.

Additionally, a scholarship shall be available annually for a faculty member who is returning to college for any advanced degree at a college of their choosing. A qualifying student or faculty member must be recommended by a teacher or colleague and the recipients shall be chosen by the faculty and chancellor based on their qualifications of leadership, compassion and dedication.

The Wellons Scholarship
Endowed in 1989 by Dr. and Mrs. Harry Wellons, this scholarship helps students in financial need continue their nursing education. Dr. Wellons, a cardiac surgeon, continues to support students through this endowed scholarship even after moving away from Springfield, IL.

Sister M. Magdalene Wiedlocher Diversity Scholarship
HSHS St. John’s Foundation and St. John’s College of Nursing established two scholarships for students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing their bachelor’s degrees in nursing at St. John’s College. The purpose of this scholarship is to prepare the student body to professionally and compassionately engage in the increasingly diverse health care marketplace by fostering a diverse student body on campus.

For more information, email financialaid@stjohnscollegespringfield.edu or call (217) 814-4705.