Elaine Hoke Scholarship Fund

Cost of education is a factor that can keep many of our best employees from continuing their technical training.

Fairview offers myriad ways to help offset training costs and empower staff, such as the Elaine Hoke Memorial Scholarship.This fund, through the Fairview Foundation, provides nursing scholarships to cover the rising costs of nursing school and continuing education credits by providing annual grants from $1,000 to $5,000 to deserving recipients to cover tuition, books and other nursing school and licensure expenses.

A helping hand

When Paul Melville, RN, Cardiology Department at University of Minnesota Medical Center, applied for the scholarship fund, he was working two jobs while attending nursing school full time.
“I applied for the Elaine Hoke Memorial Scholarship in hopes of a little reprieve; lo and behold, I was honored with the scholarship,” he says.

“Being honored with this scholarship gave my family of four a helping hand when times were tight and stressful,” he says, adding that he looks forward to someday giving back to the fund.

Who’s Elaine Hoke?

Elaine Hoke worked as an RN for the cardiology department at the former St. Mary’s Hospital and Fairview Riverside campuses for more than 38 years before she died from heart-related issues in 2010.Through various sales, yard sales and funds from the Employee Giving Campaign (in addition to support from local state representatives, members of the Minnesota Physicians Association and a generous donation from Elaine’s husband), the fund was established in 2010 and has grown from $3,500 to more than $25,000 in the past few years.

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