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December 10, 2010

SIU Med School Announces Hertweck Scholarship

Christopher Wakid, a first-year medical student, has received a monetary award from the Virginia J. Hertweck Memorial Endowment Scholarship at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The award is given annually to an SIU medical student planning on entering the primary care field and who is from Schuyler, Cass or Brown counties or other rural areas.

Wakid, the son of Bob and Deb Wakid of Danvers, is a graduate of Eureka High School (2006) and Eureka College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree (2010).  

The Hertweck Scholarship was established in 2001 by Virginia’s husband, Wolfgang Hertweck, formerly of Rushville, in honor of her dedication to health care and lifelong learning.  Family and friends continue to contribute to the fund.

Virginia Hertweck was a clinical instructor in SIU’s Department of Family and Community Medicine for six years and also worked as a certified family nurse practitioner and physician assistant throughout central Illinois.  She was administrator of the Cass County Health Department for 12 years.   

Gifts received by the Southern Illinois University Foundation support the growth of the School of Medicine.  Individuals interested in making a donation can contact the SIU Foundation office at 217-545-2955 weekdays or go online to

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine has this year celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding.  The School’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 Web site is and its main number is 217-545-8000.