We acknowledge that exceptional patient care hinges on well-trained providers who can address diverse needs with compassion and thoroughness. To address the growing demand for health care professionals, we're fostering a sustainable pipeline of skilled workers. Collaborations with educational institutions across Montana, including Carroll College and Helena College, fuel this workforce pipeline. Our initiatives, like growing our endowed scholarships through the Fred C. Olson Learning and Development Institute and expanding our child care services through our Pete's Place Child Care Center, focus on teammate well-being and supportive work environments, contributing to enhanced patient care and outcomes.

Fred C. Olson Learning and Development Institute 

Since October 2020, we have witnessed an outpouring of support for the Institute, with committed donations amounting to an impressive $2,412,250. The Foundation's ultimate goal is to nurture these funds and see them flourish, aspiring to reach a remarkable $10 million by December 2028.

Current endowed scholarship funds supporting our employees and the community include:

Fred C. Olson Employee Education Endowed Scholarship Fund

Scholarships established with the help of many generous donors to help our St. Peter’s Health team members grow and thrive. We drive excellence through learning, innovation and continuous improvement. All St. Peter’s team members are eligible to apply for the Olson Employee Education Endowed Scholarship.

Dianne Armstrong Endowed Scholarship for Future Nurses

Scholarships established by Dianne Armstrong, a dedicated St. Peter’s  nurse of almost 44 years, to help with tuition and other related costs for St. Peter's employees pursuing a career in nursing. Read Dianne's full story.

Debbie Daehn Nursing Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships established in memory of St. Peter’s nurse Deborrah “Debbie” Daehn by family, friends and co-workers to support St. Peter’s nurses (including LPNs) in advancing their education.

Dr. Thomas and Martha Hawkins Endowment for Respiratory Health

Scholarships established by Martha and Dr. Hawkins to provide education to St. Peter’s respiratory health staff as well as support for respiratory health services and patient assistance.

Eden Family Endowment

Scholarships established by Liz and Dr. Ken Eden to support nurse education with preference given to endoscopy nurses and emergency room nurses.

Elaine Fordyce Nursing Education Endowment

Scholarships established by twin sisters Elaine and Edna Fordyce to support St. Peter’s nurses and non-employee public health nurses in the Helena area seeking an advanced nursing degree.

Kay Sullivan Endowment

Scholarships established in memory of the late Kay Sullivan by friends to provide education opportunities for St. Peter’s Hospice team members.

Lorna and Stephen Mason Native American Endowed Scholarship

The primary purpose of the Lorna and Stephen Mason Native American Scholarship endowed fund exists to provide educational scholarships to help tribal nation citizens employed by St. Peter’s Health grow and thrive by attaining their degree, certification or formal skills training. This endowed scholarship fund, at the discretion of the St. Peter’s Health scholarship selection committee, may be awarded to future St. Peter’s Health employees who are tribal nation citizens pursing degrees, certifications or skills training in areas deemed critical to the St. Peter’s Health workforce.

Pamela and Eric Schindler Endowed Scholarship for Cancer Care in Memory of Maxine Reese

Scholarships established by Pamela and Eric Schindler to support St. Peter’s team members who are members of our Cancer Care team or engaged in cancer patient care in the St. Peter’s system.

Patricia Hoksbergen/Hunter Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships established by the Patricia Hoksbergen Charitable Trust to help St. Peter's  team members grow and thrive by attaining their degree, certification or formal skills training.

Rosslyn K. and Joseph F. Duncan Endowed Nursing Scholarship in Memory of Dona M. Kamerad, RN

The Rosslyn K. and Joseph F. Duncan Endowed Nursing Scholarship in Memory of Dona M. Kamerad, RN provides educational scholarships for employees of St. Peter’s Health who are nurses seeking an advanced nursing degree. Rosslyn “Ross” Duncan created this fund in memory of her mother Dona Kamerad, R.N. who enjoyed a distinguished career in nursing.

Sara Medley Endowed Scholarship

Scholarships established by Mountain Pacific Health Plans and other generous donors in honor of Sara Medley to help St. Peter's team members grow and thrive by attaining their degree, certification or formal skills training.

Treacy Scholarship Endowment

The Treacy Endowed Scholarship is available to St. Peter's Health employees at any FTE level. Scholarships must be used for educational purposes that will enable hospital-related career development of the employee.

To learn more about this giving opportunity, contact Foundation Vice President Stephen Mason at 406-461-3983 or smason@sphealth.org

Make Your Gift Today