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Southeastern Community Foundation Announces Health Profession Scholarship


The Thomas J. Epplin Health Profession Scholarship provides assistance to students seeking health profession careers. Students pursuing a minimum degree of Bachelor of Science in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, or nursing may apply.

Thomas "Tom" J. Epplin was born and raised in Pinckneyville, IL. He was a dentist in Vandalia for 25 years where he was an active member of his parish, president of the Fayette County Health Department, and a member of various professional organizations. He was an avid supporter of St. Anthony High School in Effingham during the years his daughter attended.

Tom was passionate about promoting educational opportunities for students of all walks of life. This scholarship has been made possible by the generous gifts of family and friends who wish to carry on his legacy.

The application and scholarship requirements can be found by visiting The deadline to apply is March 22, 2016.

For more information, please contact Janeen Emory-Kolb, Program Officer ( or 217-342-4988).