Scholarships and Community Initiatives 

Since 1993, Friends of Trinity has distributed over $3.5 million in grants and over $11,500 each year in scholarship monies. Scholarships are awarded to the following categories of students and professionals:

  • $11,000 in scholarships is awarded to Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences students.
  • $500 is awarded to Iowa and Illinois hospital associations for health care professionals.

In addition to financial support, Friends of Trinity supports patients and the community through various programs and opportunities:

  • Friends of Trinity Caring Closet, providing clothing to patients in need when they are released from the hospital.
  • Trinity's Caring Canines, an animal-assisted program providing therapeutic interaction between patients and certified domestic animals.
  • Baby Photo Program
  • Handmade baby blankets, hats and prayer shawls

The Dorothy Grachek Memorial Scholarship


This scholarship is awarded to honor the memory of the late Dorothy Grachek, a Trinity volunteer who was legendary for her dedication to outstanding customer service. She was known throughout the hospital for her kind words, lovely smile and compassionate actions. The Dorothy Grachek Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is a Trinity volunteer and embodies the same remarkable traits shown by Dorothy during her many years of service.

This scholarship is awarded to a current Trinity volunteer. All applications must be received in the Friends of Trinity office. Please call (309) 779-2343 for information.

The James D. & Carol H. Horstmann Annual Scholarship for Friends of Trinity


Jim and Carol Horstmann have a long and distinguished history with Friends of Trinity. They have consistently provided support for improving the health and welfare of our community through their volunteerism and philanthropy. In establishing this scholarship, the Horstmann's extend their remarkable dedication with support and encouragement to students pursuing careers in health care.

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is attending or who is planning to attend the Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences (TCNHS). The scholarship will be awarded through the Friends of Trinity Scholarship Committee. Please call (309) 779-2343 for more information.

Jayne Kimbel Linson Scholarship for Friends of Trinity


Jack and Marlene Kimbel have consistently provided support for improving the health and welfare of our community through their volunteerism. In establishing the Jayne Kimbel Linson Scholarship for Friends of Trinity, they honor their daughter Jayne. She worked at Trinity VNHA assisting hospice patients, which was her true calling. The Kimbels will create ongoing education opportunities for Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences students in the field of nursing.

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is attending or who is planning to attend the Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The scholarship will be awarded through the Friends of Trinity Scholarship Committee. Please call (309) 779-2343 for more information.