Spencer Hospital works closely with area high schools, community colleges and universities in providing educational opportunities for students interested in healthcare careers. Additionally, three area families – the Shines, the Cornwalls and the Andersons - and the Spencer Hospital Auxiliary have created educational funds to help support students in their health education pursuits.

Bennie B. and Ernestine F. Shine Scholarship

The Shine Scholarship fund, administered by Spencer Hospital, annually awards funds to persons who have completed at least one semester of a nursing or allied health program, such as radiology, therapy programs (respiratory care, speech, physical or occupational), medical technology, laboratory tech, paramedic training, pharmacy, etc. These programs are not intended to fund individuals pursuing a degree in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant or veterinary science.

Ben Shine was a former long-time trustee of the Spencer Hospital Board. His wife, Ernestine Shine, was active in the hospital auxiliary and served as president of that organization. The Shines recognized the importance of quality health care for their community and were actively involved in maintaining a quality and progressive hospital. One effort toward achieving this goal was the establishment of the Shine Scholarship.

To obtain further information about applying for a Shine Scholarship, contact Spencer Hospital's Human Resource Development Director at 712-264-8300 extension 6623 or follow this link to a copy of the application: Shine Scholarship. The application deadline for the Shine Scholarship is usually late March.

Ruth Cornwall Educational Loan Program

The Ruth Cornwall Loan Program was created by Wilson Cornwall in memory of his wife, Ruth, who had received quality hospital care and later home care from Spencer Hospital during an extended illness. The Cornwall family wished to help local people interested in receiving healthcare education. To accomplish this, a low-interest loan program was created.

 The application deadline for the Cornwall Loan is late March each year. Students interested in applying for the loan program should contact the Human Resource Development Director at Spencer Hospital at 712-264-8300 extension 6623 or follow this link to a copy of the loan application: Ruth Cornwall Educational Loan.  A link to the loan application is posted below. 

Adam J. Anderson Scholarship

The Adam J. Anderson Scholarship was created by Duane Anderson of Webb and Marcia Anderson Taylor of Spencer, in memory of their son Adam who died in January 2001 of cancer. Adam had worked as a volunteer on the Terril ambulance crew after graduating from Iowa Lakes Community College and later took a job as an EMT for Spencer Hospital. According to his mother, Adam’s goal was to obtain his paramedic certification and he was accepted into paramedic school in August 2000; however, his illness had progressed so much he was unable to attend.

The scholarship is intended to honor Adam’s memory and his spirit, and to enable others to fulfill the dream to be of service to others as paramedics. To obtain further information about applying, contact Spencer Hospital's Human Resource Development Director at 712-264-8300 extension 6623 or follow this link to the scholarship loan application: Adam J. Anderson Scholarship

Spencer Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Program

The Spencer Hospital Auxiliary provides scholarships for persons enrolled in second, third or fourth year nursing or healthcare related accredited educational programs.

Application forms are available below or at the Spencer Hospital Information Desk, by calling 712-264-8300 extension 8451. Applications are accepted in July through mid-August each year.

Apply Here - Spencer Hospital Auxiliary Application Form

Applications will be accepted from August 1st - August 31st, 2022.

Links to Scholarship & Loan Information and Applications: 

Adam J. Anderson Scholarship Application

Bennie B. and Ernestine Shine Scholarship Application

Ruth Cornwall Education Loan Program Application