Health Care Scholarship Recipient Returns to Work at Ridgeview

Growing up, Allie Bjork dreamed of helping others as a medical professional at Ridgeview Medical Center.

When Bjork was a teenager, she experienced first-hand the care and compassion of the staff at Ridgeview. “The doctors and nurses took such great care of me and everyone was extremely supportive of my family during a difficult time,” Bjork said. “Being in the hospital fueled my desire to pursue a nursing career and to be a part of the Ridgeview family.”

As a senior at Watertown-Mayer High School in 2012, Bjork applied for and received a Ridgeview Foundation Health Care Scholarship. “I was so thankful and honored to be chosen,” Bjork said. Receiving the scholarship helped Bjork realize her dream of becoming a registered nurse.

Scholarships are awarded each year to one student from each high school in the Ridgeview service area as well as a one scholarship for a child of a Ridgeview employee. Applicants interested in health-related careers are evaluated based on academic achievements, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and their response to an essay question. To date, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to 260 area students and more than 20 have returned to join the Ridgeview team.

As a nursing graduate with a year of experience, Bjork decided to apply for an open position at Ridgeview. “I was so happy and excited to accept a position in the Birthing Center,” Bjork explained. “Being able to work at Ridgeview and be a part of such an amazing team is a dream come true, I can’t imagine myself working any place else.”

Funding for the Ridgeview Health Care Scholarship Program is generously provided by Ridgeview Foundation’s Friends & Family Committee, Ridgeview Sibley Foundation, Ridgeview LeSueur Auxiliary Group and private community donors.

For more information about the scholarship program and its eligibility requirements, or to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact Ridgeview Foundation at 952-442-6010. Application forms for the 2019 scholarships will be available in February.