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November 29, 2011

SIU Med School Announces Burkhart Scholarship

Carla Essling, a fourth-year medical student, has received a monetary award from the Kate Burkhart Medical Scholarship Endowment at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Essling is a graduate of Athens High School (2004) and Central Michigan University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree (2008).  She is married to Seth Essling from Springfield, and they have a son, Marcus.

The Burkhart scholarship was established in 2003 by Kate Burkhart Daniel, a 1938 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  Her grandfather, James Monroe Burkhart, was a trustee of the university in the 1890s when it was called Southern Illinois Normal University, and her father, Carl Burkhart, was an 1897 graduate.

Financial gifts support the growth of the School of Medicine through scholarships, education, patient care and research.  Individuals interested in making a donation can contact the SIU Foundation office at 217-545-2955 weekdays or

Established in 1970, the SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service.  Its website is and its main number is 217-545-8000.