Hospital foundation to offer scholarships
Kansas City, Kan. The Providence St. John Foundation is offering eight scholarships, totaling more than $13,000, to the public.
"We always have a need for highly qualified health care professionals at Providence and St. John," says Mary Ellen Clark, Foundation executive vice president. "By awarding these scholarships, we hope to attract the best and brightest students to one day care for our patients."
Providence and St. John Human Resources director Nancy Bodenner adds that the scholarships are an important recruiting tool for the hospitals. "Well-qualified nurses and other health care staff are in more demand than ever before," Bodenner says. "These scholarships help us interest students in careers at Providence or St. John who are committed to our mission and share our core values of respect, response to need, stewardship, wholeness and excellence."
Available scholarships include:
¢ Antoinette Berkel Nursing Scholarship $1,000 This scholarship is awarded to a person seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. It is based upon the applicant's demonstration of Christian values, involvement in community service, financial need and willingness to work at Providence or St. John following graduation.
¢ Edward F. and Marian Reilly Health Profession Scholarship $1,000 This scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior or any person who has graduated and is interested in pursuing a health-related educational program. The student must live or attend school in Leavenworth County. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of the applicant's motivation for a health career, financial need and willingness on the part of the student to return to St. John upon graduation and work for one year if there is a position available. The scholarship recipient will sign a contract agreeing to pay back, with interest, the scholarship money he/she has received if he/she fails to fulfill the contract to return to St. John to work for one year upon graduation, if the student has been offered a position.
¢ Eileen Welch Memorial Nursing Scholarship $1,000-This scholarship is awarded to a student of non-traditional age who is currently enrolled in either an associate's or bachelor's degree nursing program. The scholarship is awarded from memorial gift funds designated to the Providence St. John Foundation by the Welch family in memory of Eileen Welch. Welch was a former nurse at St. John and an active member of the St. John Guild for many years.
¢ Elizabeth Cavaner Nursing Scholarship $300-This scholarship is awarded to a person entering a nursing career or other health-related profession who has been a junior volunteer at St. John. The scholarship is made possible through an endowment made by C. G. Cavaner in memory of his wife, Elizabeth.
¢ Helen Chop Nursing Scholarship $400-This scholarship is awarded to a person enrolled in a bachelor's degree in nursing program, and residing in one of the following counties: Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth or Miami Counties in Kansas; or Clay or Jackson Counties in Missouri. This scholarship is based upon the applicant's demonstration of Christian values, involvement in community service, financial need and willingness to work at Providence or St. John following graduation. Candidates must provide documentation of community service activities.
¢ Helen Crilly Nursing Scholarship $1,000-This scholarship is awarded to a person seeking an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. It is based upon the applicant's grade point average, demonstration of Christian values, community service involvement, financial need, and willingness to work at Providence or St. John following graduation.
¢ Margaret Strutz Memorial Nursing Scholarship $500-This scholarship is awarded to a person pursuing a nursing career, and is made possible by the Strutz family. Preference is given to applicants who live or attend school in Leavenworth County.
¢ Ahart Memorial Scholarship $400-This scholarship is awarded to a person enrolled in a bachelor's or associate's program at an accredited nursing school and possessing apparent skills in leadership. Candidates should discuss leadership skills in essays and through references.
The deadline for scholarship applications is May 30.
Scholarship recipients will be notified June 30.
For more information on the scholarships, contact Becca Hurd, Providence St. John Foundation, (913) 596-5110. To download an application, visit www.providence-health.org/foundation.