Pekin Hospital Foundation Announces Availability of Scholarship Applications

The Pekin Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for the Frances Tollensdorf Nursing Scholarship, the Bud Velde Health Care Scholarship, and the Pekin Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship. The Frances Tollensdorf and Bud Velde Scholarships are each $1,000 awards presented annually to one student for each respective scholarship based upon financial need, scholarship achievements, experience/extra-curricular involvement, letters of recommendation and general qualifications and goals.

All completed applications, transcripts of grades, letters of recommendation, and other pertinent information must be submitted to the Pekin Hospital Marketing Department by May 24, 2013.

The Frances Tollensdorf Nursing Scholarship fund was established through the Pekin Hospital Foundation in Memory of Frances "Tolly" Tollensdorf, a dedicated nurse who worked at Pekin Hospital for more than 30 years.

Through a generous endowment provided by Bud Velde, a former Pekinite, the Pekin Hospital Foundation established the Bud Velde Health Care Scholarship in 1996 to recognize individuals who are advancing their education in the health care field. Mr. Velde served on Pekin Hospital’s Board of Trustees from 1955 to 1968, including serving as Chairman from 1956 to 1968. He was very active with many significant projects at the hospital, including the 1954-1955 Park Avenue addition to the hospital.

With the generosity of the Medical Staff at Pekin Hospital, a $3,000 Medical Scholarship has been established for students who are in their fourth year of college and have been accepted into a medical school program; or for those students who are currently in an accredited medical program to prepare for an MD or DO degree. The Medical Staff Scholarship was established in 2006 and is awarded to worthy individuals annually.

For more information or to obtain a scholarship application, please call (309) 353-0204 or visit


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