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Avera Health Foundation

The Avera Foundation began in 1982 to create a way through which people could participate in the healing ministry of Jesus that has become Avera.  The Avera Health Foundation exists to help people share in the Avera ministry of health and healing.

The generosity of many of our friends provides our foundation with the dollars to meet health care needs of people throughout eastern South Dakota and neighboring states. With these gifts, we are able to touch many lives in many ways while furthering our mission of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Reasons to Give to Health Care

  • It is for the care being delivered inside the brick and mortar.
  • Charitable gifts make the difference from good to great.
  • Charitable gifts can build, remodel, and improve space for healing when hospital revenue can not support it.
  • Charitable gifts can pay for programming that does not generate revenue, but is important to the community.
  • Giving creates an environment for victory over illness and injury. 
  • We all have a need to join in and give.  Giving to healthcare saves lives, improves health conditions, and makes someone comfortable at the end of life.
  • People do not give because of tax beaks, but they do give more when they understand the tax break.
  • When you or a loved one has a need for health care; from a broken bone to an unexplained pain or heart attack; there is a reliable, local facility to meet your care needs.
  • So your children and grandchildren can be born into a hospital with the best obstetrics services possible, and to provide for their care throughout their growing years right here at home.
  • Programs like kidney dialysis, cancer care, hospice and palliative care can continue to give excellent care to a growing number of patients they serve.
  • We can continue to provide the high quality technology in our health care services, ranging from patient record keeping/charting, consultation with other physician specialists to radiological and surgical/procedural equipment.
  • It makes sense to have good healthcare close to our homes, and that takes dollars.
  • We have a duty to help others in our community, someone paved the road before us, and now it is our turn. 
  • Good healthcare keeps people in our community.  This is a big one.  It is easier for the patient not to have to leave their community, it creates jobs for the local economy, plus people are more comfortable being in a place where they are taken care of by their neighbors.
  • This gift will help our friends and family during their time of need.  We rely on these gifts to make this happen.

Avera Health Leaders Scholarship

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018, to be considered for the following academic year. Scholarships will be awarded in July 2018.

Leadership is the God-given talent to work well with others, create a vision and bring that vision to life for the good of all. Avera has been blessed with dedicated leaders who saw the vision of providing a quality, cost-effective health ministry that reflects Gospel values. The Avera Health Foundation has created the Avera Leaders Scholarship to nurture the next generation of leaders to share this vision.

The Leaders Scholarship is dedicated to and provided in appreciation for a lifetime of leadership in health care by Sister Colman Coakley, Sister Stephen Davis, Sister Rosaria Kranz, Sister Blanche Kribell, Don Bierle, Esquire and Vi Stoia. A total of up to five $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually. 

Scholarship Requirements of the Student

Applicant must be an Avera employee, spouse or child of an Avera employee.

Recipients must be high school graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale, and pursuing undergraduate degree work in a health care related field.

Applicant must also be in their Junior or Senior year of college in the 2018-2019 school year.

To Apply for the Avera Health Leaders Scholarship

Complete the application and return with:

  • A 500-word essay about why the applicant wishes to pursue a health care career.
  • Four letters of recommendation, to be mailed in confidence directly to the Avera Foundation, to be written by co-workers, co-volunteers, teachers or advisors.

Application materials can be obtained on-line 
or by writing to

Avera Leaders Scholarship
Avera Health Foundation
3900 W. Avera Drive
Sioux Falls, SD 57108

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For more information on ways you can support the Foundation's efforts, call us at 605-322-4750 or online.

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Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

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