The Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) Health Care Careers Scholarship program began in 2005. IHERF is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iowa Hospital Association. IHERF is a charitable nonprofit and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

IHERF has served many functions over the years – the current main function is the oversight of IHERF’s health careers scholarship fund. The goal of this program is to fill health care positions that currently have a significant number of openings across the state and to recruit students with the opportunity to obtain significant scholarships to help cover the costs of health care education.


Interested in supporting health care in Iowa? The IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship program ensures a consistent and strong workforce for Iowa hospitals while also providing career and advancement opportunities for students. Contact us and learn how you can help.


Participate in events, such as our popular “Swinging for Scholars” on July 11, 2019 the golf fundraising event and primary fundraiser of the Health Care Careers Scholarship program. Your participation shows a commitment to the future of health care in Iowa.

Iowa hospital CEOs, trustees and senior staff, register today to attend this year's event. Click here to view the registration form.

Interested in being a Swinging for Scholars Sponsor? Click here to request information.


Apply for college scholarships for health care careers at from December 1, 2018 – March 30, 2019.