Apply Now: The Ruth and Willis Piehl Educational Award 2020 Application Period is Open

The Ruth and Willis Piehl Educational Award is an educational assistance program offered by LSS. The funds available for this program came from the generosity of the family of Ruth and Willis Piehl. The Piehls were passionate advocates for education and especially for the LSS commitment to providing excellent care for older adults.

Full-time, weekend option, part-time, and casual LSS employees (excluding those in a PRN status) in good standing, no matter what length of service, may apply for educational awards from the Ruth and Willis Piehl Educational Awards Fund. The application period for this educational assistance program for the 2020 calendar year has opened.

Financial assistance through this program can be awarded for books, supplies, most fees (e.g. lab fees and fees required for testing), as well as the costs of programs necessary for job-related certifications and special training as well as GED and English as a second language courses. The maximum award in any 12-month period is $500 and a lifetime maximum is $5,000. The Piehl Award cannot be used in conjunction with other educational assistance programs.

This fund was established with the purpose of enhancing careers for existing LSS employees and in turn continuously improving the quality of care provided by LSS. This is a continuation of Willis Piehl’s lifetime of pioneering work. It is hoped that the fund will continue to grow through so there can be consistent encouragement and financial assistance for increasing the knowledge and skills of LSS employees furthering the LSS Christian Mission: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

Since 2013, more than $31,400 has been awarded to 78 LSS employees via the Ruth and Willis Piehl Education Award.

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