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January 24, 2023

Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Nursing Scholarship is open to Effingham, Christian and Shelby County students

(EFFINGHAM, Illinois – January 24, 2023) 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 14, 2023.

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, IL 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, the applicant must: be a resident of the respective county for the named scholarship or have been a graduate of a high school in the respective county for the named scholarship for which he or she is applying, be pursuing nursing at an accredited school for the next school term, with a minimum GPA that is 62% or above of the maximum grade scale (e.g., 4.0, 5.0) for the most recent three semesters of high school or higher education, have demonstrated financial need for nursing school costs and a commitment to community service and involvement with special consideration to a demonstrated commitment to care or other nursing-related activities and a commitment to pursuing nursing for each semester awarded.

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

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980). Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managing permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois.

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