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Community Hospital Health Foundation Awards $16,500 in Health Career Scholarships

May 30, 2013

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital Health Foundation recently awarded $16,500 in health career scholarships, including five $2,000 scholarships and five $1,000 scholarships to deserving students. The $2,000 scholarships are funded through donations to the general scholarship fund administered through Community Hospital Health Foundation. The $1,000 scholarships were awarded from the Joe and Alice Edwards endowed scholarship fund.  Applications are reviewed by a Community Hospital Education Assistance committee representing diverse areas of healthcare.

The following five students were each awarded a $2,000 general scholarship and a $1,000 endowed scholarship in education assistance:

Jerrel Alexander received his second scholarship from Community Hospital. Jerrel is completing his studies through UNMC – Kearney for his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Jerrel grew up in the Bartley area, graduating from Cambridge High School. He has always planned to return to the area and was recently hired by Community Hospital.

Danae Bryant is pursuing her education in Clinical laboratory Science through the University of Nebraska Medical Center, leading to certification as a Medical Technologist. Danae attended McCook High School and McCook Community College before being accepted in the Clinical Laboratory Science program at UNMC. She will complete her studies in 2014.

Kristyn Clapp is pursuing her Associates Degree in Nursing through McCook Community College. Kristyn has been employed at Community Hospital since 2005. Beginning in admissions, Kristyn transitioned into a position as a ward clerk and as well as completing her studies as an EMT. In 2012, Kristyn was accepted into the nursing program at MCC. She expects to complete her studies in 2015 but is considering a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing or a course of studies leading to Paramedic-EMT level. 

Blair Dixon graduated from Wauneta Palisade High School in 2009. Since that time she has been attending Doane College in Crete where she is completing her studies in a dual program of Exercise Science and Biology. She will graduate through the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Bachelor degree in Radiation Science in 2014. Upon graduation Blair hopes to secure employment as a Radiologic Technologist in a rural community.

Barbie Long has been employed by Community Hospital as an LPN since 2009. Since that time she has continued her education to complete requirements for an Associates of Applied Science through Colby Community College and was recently accepted in the RN to BSN program through Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Barbie expects to complete her studies in 2015.

In addition to the general and endowed scholarship awards, Community Hospital Health Foundation Board members approved $1,500 to be awarded to high school students who attended Community Hospital Discovery Days. Recipients of the scholarships were Gavin Harsh and Kaylee Samway. Gavin received a $1,000 award. He will be attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he will begin his program of study in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences.  Kaylee received a $500 award. She will attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney where she has been accepted in the Rural Health Opportunities Program. Kaylee will be pursuing a career in radiology.

The foundation staff wishes all the recipients success in their academic pursuit and encourages students who are accepted in a health career course of study to apply for education assistance. The Educational Assistance Committee will meet again in mid-July. For questions please contact Community Hospital Health Foundation at 308 344-7222.

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