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Scholarship Winners
April 30, 2020

Hopedale Medical Foundation proudly announces its 2020 scholarship winners.  Candidate selections were made by an independent panel of judges who reviewed applications from graduating seniors from Olympia, Hartsburg-Emden, Tremont, Dee-Mack, Midwest- Central and Delavan High Schools.


  • The $3,000 Founder’s Scholarship in honor of HMC’s founder, Dr. Lawrence Rossi, Sr., was awarded to Midwest Central High School’s Makayla Jibben, daughter of Curt and Jennifer Jibben.  Makayla plans to pursue a degree in medicine.   
  • The $1,000 Orville Augsburger Scholarship, named in honor of a founding Board member, was awarded to Anisa Vishkurti, daughter of Eduart and Alida Vishkurti.  Anisa, a student at Olympia High School, has chosen a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.  She will attend Heartland Community College in the fall.
  • The $1,000 David Eckhardt Memorial Scholarship, in honor of a dedicated HMC employee who passed away in 1974, was awarded to Emma Hoffman, daughter of Erika and Jeff Hoffman.  Hannah is a student at Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School, and will pursue a career as a medical laboratory technician. 
  • The $1,000 Neil Alford, Jr. (Agricultural) Memorial Scholarship in honor of Hopedale’s past mayor and HMC board member, was awarded to Jake Uselton.  Jake is the son of Ron and Tonya Uselton of Green Valley.  He is a student at Midwest Central High School, and will be pursuing a career in mechanical engineering at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
  • The $1,000 Phyllis Martin Memorial Nursing Scholarship which honors a long-time HMC nurse, was awarded to Midwest Central High School senior Alyssa Sondag, daughter of Mark and Tobi Sondag of Manito.  Alyssa will be pursuing a career in nursing at St. Ambrose University, in the fall.
  • The $2,000 John Rossi Memorial Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Tremont High School’s Madilyn Schmidt, daughter of Troy and Cara Schmidt of Pekin.  Madilyn plans to pursue a career in nursing after attending Illinois Central College.
  • The $2,000 Donna Bitner-Springer Nursing Scholarship in honor of the first Director of Nurses at Hopedale Hospital, was awarded to Olympia High School’s Blake Rinkenberger, son of Stacy Rinkenberger.  Blake plans to pursue a career as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.    


The Hopedale Medical Foundation congratulates these outstanding students and thanks the many applicants who participated this year.  Since its inception in 1980, The Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in healthcare and agricultural scholarships to local high school seniors and college freshmen.  Donations from the public are appreciated and are tax deductible as a charitable donation.  For more information, call Becky at (309) 449-4296.

Hopedale Medical Complex was founded in 1955 by Dr. Lawrence J. Rossi Sr. with the help of dozens of hardworking area farmers and citizens and has grown exponentially from where it began as a 20-bed facility 64 years ago. Today Hopedale Medical Complex is a nationally recognized 5-star facility with an on-site emergency room, a full service hospital with state-of-the-art surgical suites, physician’s offices, outpatient testing, daycare, Wellness Center, modern Nursing Home, along with an assisted and independent living facility.