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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Foundation – Melrose Scholarships

The CentraCare Foundation – Melrose Scholarship program was established to encourage and promote qualified individuals to pursue or continue a health care career. Two scholarships will be given out each year. One scholarship will be given out to a current Melrose Area High School student who will be or is enrolled in a health-related field and one scholarship will be awarded to current employees who wish to further their health care education. The scholarship will aid in funding education at any accredited training program at any college or university. Recipients are selected using a selection process from the eligibility criteria as stated below. Awards are made without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, national origin or financial need. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Two (2) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. One $1,000 check will be made out to each recipient’s chosen post-secondary institution’s financial aid office at the beginning of the second quarter/semester, after CentraCare Foundation – Melrose receives the required documentation. The scholarship is to be used for tuition, fees and/or books anytime during the recipient’s health care program. It is not transferable between colleges or universities. If a recipient decides to no longer pursue in a health-related career prior to their second quarter/semester, award monies will be forfeited to CentraCare Foundation – Melrose.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Must be a current high school senior from the CentraCare – Melrose service area.
  • Has a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Is pursuing a health-related career.
  • Has prior experience in a health-related program such as health care career class, hospital or nursing home job or volunteer work.
  • Estimated financial need. (estimated cost of schooling)


  • Is a current employee at CentraCare – Melrose.

Application Procedure:

We will only be accepting applications via email. Please complete the scholarship application form below. Send the application form and your essay to You will receive a confirmation email that it was received within three business days. Please contact Julie immediately if there is a problem. Thank you and good luck.

The following materials must be completed by March 24, 2021:

  • Completed Application Form.
  • Short essay or personal statement describing your career goals, leadership abilities and why you selected this health care career path, not to exceed 250 words.

Download Scholarship Application Now

Select one of links below to download the CentraCare Foundation – Melrose Scholarship. Then follow the instructions to submit your materials.

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