2021 Sunflower Health Network Scholarship

Who can apply?

High School and College students, and current employees in the Sunflower Health Network. Click here to see all hospitals in the network.


  • Kansas residents committed to pursuing their health care career in Kansas
  • Part-time or full-time student in a health care course of study leading to a certificate, degree or credential not currently held. Proof of acceptance into the chosen career program will be required in order to receive the award. Attending a Kansas educational institution, including technical, two- or four-year institution. An exception may be given for an accredited online or out-of-state program if the reason for choosing such an institution is explained in the answer to the goals question
  • Anyone attending a health care program that is accredited by their respective governing body
  • Pre-med and medical students are not eligible
  • Priority will be given to individuals currently working in any Sunflower Health Network hospital, especially a hospital that is licensed for 25 or fewer acute beds

How do I apply?

2021 Scholarship Program Guidance

2021 Scholarship Application

Applications are due March 5, 2021.

What is the Sunflower Health Network?

The Sunflower Health Network is a not-for-profit organization that consists of 15 counties located primarily in North Central Kansas. According to the 2005 Census Bureau Data, the total population for this predominately rural area is 179,056. Sunflower Health Network's (SHN) specific purpose is to improve the health status of the population. The 18 member hospitals, in conjunction with their medical staffs, have developed a network that fosters cooperation and coordination. The priority has been to enhance the integration of health related services among the SHN member communities while respecting local autonomy.

The Sunflower Health Network will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery within the region we serve. This will be accomplished through workforce strategies and education, performance improvement and community health, programs and services, and advocacy.

Sunflower Health Network earns national recognition

(May 19, 2011) – The Sunflower Health Network, Inc., was recognized by the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) as the 2011 Outstanding Health Network of the Year. (See News page for complete article)

The Outstanding Health Network of the Year Award recognizes a network that has improved access to health services in its service area and has improved the coordination of resources for members using particularly innovative and comprehensive approaches. Heather Fuller, Executive Director of the Sunflower Health Network, recently accepted the award at the 17th annual NCHN conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kansas PCMH Initiative pilot sites announced

(June 21, 2011) - The Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMHI) announces the selection of 8 physician-led practices to participate in the Kansas PCMHI Pilot Project as part of the larger PCMH Initiative. With the official launch scheduled to kick off July 1, 2011, the 24-month Pilot Project will serve as a focal point for health care transformation in the state of Kansas. The selected practices include:

American Medical Practice of Winfield / Augusta Family Practice, PA, Winfield; Cheyenne County Clinic, Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis; Ellsworth County Medical Center and Rural Health Clinic, Ellsworth; Mindi S. Garner, D.O., Chartered, Pittsburg; Great Plains of Sabetha, Inc. dba Sabetha Family Practice, Sabetha; Internal Medicine Group, PA, Lawrence; KU Wichita Adult Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, Medical Practice Association, Wichita; Plainville Medical Clinic, Plainville.