Funds will go to pursuing post-secondary training


Rockford, IL; March 4, 2019 – theFranaGroup today announced the availability of two (2) $1,000 scholarships to be awarded May 15 during a scholarship reception at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. One scholarship will be awarded to an employee of Crusader Community Health or one of their dependents, and one scholarship will go to a graduate of Rockford Public School District 205 (does not need to be a current graduate). This is the fifth year theFranaGroup has provided the scholarships.

Scholarships will be awarded through a blind drawing of applicants’ names and can be used for any post-secondary training the applicant is pursuing. The application process does not require a minimum GPA, letter of recommendation or essay. Applications for the Crusader Community Health scholarship and applications for RPS graduates can be obtained from Kim Durham, Administrative Assistant for theFranaGroup, at

Deadline to apply is April 15. Recipients or family members of recipients must be present on May 15 to receive the award.

“We’re pleased to help these individuals for a fifth year pursue their dreams, whether that be going to college or other advanced training,” said John Frana, president of theFranaGroup. “The goal is that these funds can help ease some of the financial burden in taking those next steps so they can focus on being successful.”

theFranaGroup specializes in supporting Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) before application, throughout the application process and after funding designation; and presenting best practices at conferences for Health Centers, healthcare administrators and others involved directly in providing for the health of communities around the nation.

About theFranaGroup

theFranaGroup, founded in 1999, has had 39 FQHCs established with clients in 37 states. the FranaGroup provides a wide array of services tailored to Community Health Center operations and strategy, both before and after funding. With a proven track record of success, theFranaGroup offers a variety of services to achieve and maintain FQHC status, including grant-writing, strategic planning, management consulting and Board and staff development. The firm has helped clients earn more than $1 billion in direct funding and enhanced billing capabilities. In 2017, theFranaGroup clients in 16 states served over 673,600 unduplicated patients with over 2,020,800 outpatient visits. As a result, these healthcare facilities better served their communities and improved the overall access and quality of health services provided to the most at-risk populations.