Applications Sought for Penwell Nursing Scholarship


Published on February 12 2024 9:58 am
Last Updated on February 14 2024 3:46 pm

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Nursing Scholarship. The scholarship application is available online at and the deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

The Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Nursing Scholarship provides scholarships to residents pursuing a nursing degree of three Illinois counties: Effingham, Shelby, and Christian.

Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. was born in Pana and graduated from Beecher City High School. He attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and worked in sales and marketing in the animal health industry. Bruce never forgot his ties to the region. He had a lifelong interest in the people and the surrounding rural area.

To be eligible for the award, you must have lived in the county offering the scholarship for at least six months in the last two years before applying. Be planning to study nursing at an accredited school in the upcoming term with a minimum GPA of 62% or higher using a scale of 4.0 or 5.0 in your most recent three semesters of high school or college. Show that you have a financial need for nursing school expenses. Demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and involvement, especially in healthcare or nursing-related activities. Commit to studying nursing for each semester that you receive the award.

Applicants will need a high school or college transcript, ACT or SAT scores (if applicable), and college financial aid information. To apply, visit to begin the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation Common Scholarship Application.

For more information, contact Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer, at 217.342.5413 or