The Iowa Hospital Association's Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) has awarded $96,000 in scholarships to 32 college students throughout the state.

The students, who are all studying in health care fields, will each receive $3,000 for the upcoming academic year, and each is eligible for up to $6,000 in assistance from IHERF over two years.

The association established the program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals. Including these latest awards, the scholarship program has provided $801,000 in direct support to 267 students since its inception.

Scholarship recipients agree to work one year in an Iowa hospital for each year they receive an award.