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Around the Tri States: Graham Health funds Sandburg scholarship; Monroe to lead Monmouth Chamber, MCAP

Graham Health establishes Sandburg scholarship
Carl Sandburg College has received a $250,000 gift from Graham Health System.

The donation will fund scholarships for Sandburg students in select health programs as well as career and technical programs.

Canton-based Graham expanded into Galesburg in 2022 and now operates several clinics. Construction is also underway on a new Graham Health multi-specialty clinic on North Seminary Street.

The Graham Scholars Program will cover all educational fees. It’s open to new and returning full- and part-time students from Illinois and Iowa.

To qualify for consideration, students must display financial need, maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled at Sandburg in one of the following programs:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative office assistant
  • Advanced industrial maintenance
  • Basic industrial maintenance
  • Cisco networking security
  • Computed tomography
  • Computer support associate
  • Computer technician certificate
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Medical assisting
  • Medical office assistant
  • Network security
  • Nursing
  • Practical nursing

Applications for the Graham Scholars Program and other scholarships awarded through the Sandburg Foundation are available at The priority consideration deadline for the 2024-25 academic year is March 15. Students can apply through June 15 for secondary awarding.

Monroe to lead Monmouth Chamber, MCAP
A Monmouth College graduate has been hired for a dual position meant to spur growth in the Monmouth area.

Andrea Monroe will serve as executive director of the Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Maple City Area Partnership.

Monroe, of Abingdon, is charged with working with small business owners and local government agencies, planning events, and leading economic development initiatives.

Burlington City Academy application open
Burlington residents who want to know more about their city government can apply to the City Academy.

The Academy is a free eight-week series of classes on how the city operates.

This year the classes will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays starting Feb. 22..

Participants will meet at a different city facility every week to learn more about key functions, daily operations, and budgets.

Application deadline is Feb. 8. Class size is limited. More information is on the city’s website.

Admire case continued 
The case for a former martial arts instructor facing sex charges has been continued to March.

Beau Admire, 43, ran the former Badger Combatives in Galesburg. He's charged in Warren County with two counts sexual assault and one count of aggravated sexual assualt.

Judge James Standard granted a defense motion for the continuance.

Admire has been free on bond since November of 2022.

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