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Scholarships Granted to Pella Nurses

Posted: Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 6:21 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

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The Pella Hospital Auxiliary recently awarded seven scholarships to local students to help them get the education necessary to become a Registered Nurse. The students are recipients of the Mary Evers Scholarship, which benefits employees of Pella Regional Health Center, or nursing students in the Pella Community School District. Of this year’s recipients, four are 2010 graduates of Pella Community High School that are planning to enter the nursing field.

The Mary Evers Scholarship was created in 1966 to honor Mary Evers, who died in an auto accident while she was in nursing school. It was her dream to become a nurse. Through the Mary Evers Scholarship more than 200 nursing students have received funds to help pursue their dream of becoming a nurse.

The 2010 Mary Evers Scholarship recipients are listed below.

Leah Bruxvoort, a Registered Nurse who has worked in Medical/Surgical and Obstetrics at Pella Regional Health Center, is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Clarkson College in Omaha to become a family nurse practitioner.

Emily Gates, a 2010 graduate of Pella Community High School who has volunteered and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Pella Regional Health Center, will attend William Jewell College to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

Linda Groenendyk, a Registered Nurse at Pella Regional Health Center since 1982, will pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Cardiac Care from Grandview.

Emily Flahive, a 2010 graduate of Pella Community High School who has volunteered and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Pella Regional Health Center, will attend Mercy College of Health Sciences and study for her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

Emily Lyng, a 2010 graduate of Pella Community High School who has volunteered and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Pella Regional Health Center, will attend Grandview to earn her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

Cynthia McCurry, who has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Jefferson Place and Vriendschaap Village, will attend Indian Hills Community college to obtain her Registered Nurse degree.

Lisa Vander Meiden, a 2010 graduate of Pella Community High School who has volunteered and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Pella Regional Health Center, will attend Trinity Christian College or Creighton University to earn her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree.