The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation awarded six $1,000 scholarships to area students to assist with their educational costs for the 2011 fall school semester.

Recipients Brooke Whitaker of Salem and Paige Crump of Raymondville were chosen among several applicants by members of the foundation board of directors.

Whitaker, a 2009 graduate of Licking High School, is in the licensed practical nursing program at Rolla Technical Center. A dietary aide at Salem Memorial District Hospital, Whitaker will complete her current nursing program in the summer of 2012.

Crump, a 2010 graduate of Summersville High School, is in the radiology program at Rolla Technical Center. Crump will complete her training in April 2013, and she’s a ward clerk in the emergency department at TCMH.

The endowed Dr. Joe L. and Judith T. Spears Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Shelby Brown of Mountain Grove, Sarah Barnaba of Cabool and Paul Fockler of Houston. The recipients were chosen by members of the TCMH foundation and the Spears family.

Brown, a 2011 graduate of Mountain Grove High School, plans to pursue an education in nursing at Missouri State University-West Plains beginning this fall. Brown works as a certified nurse assistant in the obstetrics and home health departments at TCMH.

Barnaba, a 2011 graduate of Cabool High School, also plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Missouri State University-West Plains this fall. Barnaba is certified nurse assistant and works as a clerk at the CHC Do-It Center in Houston.

Fockler, a recipient of a previous healthcare foundation scholarship, will complete the registered nurse program at Missouri State University-West Plains in May 2012. He is a resident of Houston and is employed at the Walmart Supercenter in Houston.

Kaley Jordan of Newburg and a 2009 graduate of Newburg High School received the $1,000 Dr. Eugene Charles Honeywell Memorial Scholarship, chosen by the foundation directors and Carol Honeywell, the widow of Dr. Eugene Honeywell.

Jordan is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Central Methodist University in Fayette. She will complete her program in the spring of 2013, and she works as certified nurse assistant at Licking Park Manor and in the obstetrics department at TCMH.

“Educational scholarships are one of the focus areas of the TCMH Healthcare Foundation,” said Jay Gentry, foundation director.

The foundation awards two $1,000 educational scholarships for students pursuing additional higher education each spring and fall. For the first time this fall, it also awarded additional scholarships from the Spears and Honeywell endowed scholarship funds.

“The healthcare foundation administers the scholarships for the endowed funds, and the scholarships also go to employees working in healthcare-related fields in Texas County and surrounding areas,” Gentry said.

Members of both families provided input to the healthcare foundation in choosing the scholarship recipients.

According to Gentry, the foundation intends to award two more $1,000 scholarships before the spring school semester in 2012. Applications for the scholarships are available through the foundation or on the TCMH website.

“The foundation board of directors recognizes the growing need for healthcare providers in rural America,” Gentry stated. “It is the hope of the foundation that these scholarships will assist in attracting and retaining qualified residents to work in the local healthcare fields.”




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