Morningside University senior Maggie Barten has been named an Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship recipient.

Barten will receive $3,500, as she pursues a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing. She is among 60 students from Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program.

The Iowa Hospital Association established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now more than 685 students have benefited from the program.

In exchange for this financial support, students agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award. In this way, the scholarship program helps stabilize and enhance Iowa’s hospital workforce.

The Nylen School of Nursing at Morningside University provides undergraduate and graduate-level coursework accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Morningside’s nursing degree programs include the online RN to BSN, undergraduate nursing major, online Master of Science in Nursing, and online Doctor of Nursing Practice along with online Post-Bachelor’s and Post-Master’s certificate programs.