WATERLOO — Friends of Covenant Medical Center and Friends of Sartori Memorial Hospital will jointly award scholarships to area students this year.

In conjunction with funds donated by McElroy Trust, the scholarship committee is able to award seven $2,000 scholarships this year. Deadline for submitting applications is March 9.

Qualified applicants must be graduating high school students planning to pursue a career in a health-related program or post-secondary students currently enrolled in a health-related program. Qualifying health-related careers include medical or dental curriculum (including pre-med and pre-dental), nursing, dental hygiene, medical/clinical laboratory technology, dental technology, radiology technology, medical transcription, health information technology, medical office services, surgical technology, ultrasound technology, pharmacy, respiratory therapy and physical therapy.

Scholarships will be awarded based on academics, financial need and citizenship.

Application forms, which include a request for a brief essay, grade transcripts and letters of recommendation, are available from the Covenant Foundation Office, 3421 W. Ninth St., Waterloo; and the Sartori Health Care Foundation Office, 515 College St., Cedar Falls.

Applications are also available in area school counselors’ offices or at