The Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation 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 is organized to receive grants, gifts, devises and bequests to be used for study, research, scholarships, education and other charitable activities for the medical and paramedical sciences.

The IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program began in 2005. The goal of this program is to fill health care positions that have a significant number of openings statewide and to recruit students with the opportunity to obtain significant scholarships to help cover the costs of health care education.


Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation
100 E. Grand, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309

Jennifer Nutt, Vice President, Nursing & Clinical Services

“Thank you all so much for the opportunity of receiving this scholarship. I am so lucky to receive this for a second year. I really look forward to working in a hospital in Iowa after graduation. I haven been blessed to grow up in such an amazing community and state that supports each other. Thank you!”
– Morgan Van Ruler, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Waukon

“I’m honored to be chosen as a recipient of the IHERF scholarship and appreciative of the funds I can put toward my educational expenses. Graduate college is quite a financial undertaking so this money will help reduce the mental and financial stress that comes with being a full-time student while still working full time as a nurse. This scholarship’s support will ensure I can complete my DNP degree to eventually fulfill a need in health administration in hospitals in eastern Iowa.”

– Katelyn Burns-Thompson B.S.N., RN, UnityPoint St. Luke’s, Cedar Rapids