Kowalski Scholars Transform Health Care in the Galesburg Community

Kowalski Scholars Transform Health Care in the Galesburg Community


The Future Faces of Health Care

 On May 29th past and present Richard S. Kowalski Scholars along with former OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center CEO and President Dick Kowalski were honored.

The scholars were celebrated for their academic achievements furthering their ability to better serve OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) and the surrounding communities. Our scholars confirmed their commitment not only to their professional development, but also,

to serving all persons with the greatest care and love. Since 2014, nearly 70 scholarships have been awarded to SMMC Mission Partners. The scholarship helps them to achieve academic success and to take another step in their journeys to attain their goals. Their educational efforts further develop their passion for quality and innovation transforming the face of health care.

To make a difference by providing educational opportunities to our Mission Partners through the Richard S. Kowalski Endowment Scholarship, please contact Stephanie Hilten at Stephanie.L.Hilten@osfhealthcare.org or 309-344-3161.

Honoring a Legacy

The scholarship endowment is named in honor of the long-lasting legacy left by former SMMC President and CEO Dick Kowalski. Education will always be in the fabric of SMMC because of his inspirational tenure empowering many to reach their personal and professional goals. During his 34 years of service, he set the precedence for supportive, empowering and compassionate leadership. He led by example through service to others with care and love. A friend to all, Dick inspired those he worked with to achieve their dreams. Education was an emphasis of his leadership.

“Education is critical for two reasons. First it is critical to prepare yourself for the profession and role you want to play in the health delivery system. Secondly, it is important to keep your knowledge and skills up to current standards consistent with new techniques and technologies. Lifelong learning is essential,” said Dick Kowalski.

Through Dick’s legacy, Mission Partners of St. Mary Medical Center will continue to have supportive resources to achieve their educational pursuits for years to come.

2019 Richard S. Kowalski Scholars

 Congratulations to our 2019 Richard S. Kowalski Endowment Scholars!

  • Christine S. Bates
  • Ashley D. Bower
  • Monica Interial
  • Toni S. Maricle
  • Rebecca Peterson
  • Megan Skinner
  • Kailey Swanson
  • Sarah E. Thompson
  • Amber Taylor