CCH Foundation Announces 2016 Scholarship Awards
Cuba Earns Scholarship
COLUMBUS – The Columbus Community Hospital Foundation has announced Logan Elise Cuba of Silver Creek as the winner of the 2016 Eagles Radiological $1000 Scholarship. The Eagles Radiological Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by Columbus Eagles No. 1834 Aerie and Auxiliary to promote excellence in the field of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease and cancer in the Columbus area.
Cuba is currently working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Good Samaritan Society in Osceola, Nebraska
A 2016 graduate of Twin River (NE) High School, Cuba is planning to study Radiology this fall at the University of Nebraska Kearney through the Kearney Health Opportunities Program. This program requires two years at UNK, followed by two years at UNMC. Upon completion of this program, Cuba plans to further her education by returning to UNK to specialize in sonography for one more year.
Prochaska Scholarships Awarded to Two
COLUMBUS – Courtney Labenz and Morgan Thorson, both of Columbus were recently announced as the recipients of the 2016 George Prochaska Scholarships through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. Both will be awarded a $500 scholarship to advance their education in the medical field. The George Prochaska Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 to help promote educational achievement and service excellence among area health care professionals.
Courtney Labenz is a 2016 graduate of Columbus Scotus Central Catholic High School and currently volunteers at Premier Physical Therapy as a Columbus Community Hospital Volunteen. She plans to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk to receive a Physical Therapy Assistant certification. Her future goals include transferring to a four-year college to earn a Bachelor’s degree in either Physical Therapy or Athletic Training.
Labenz was a member of the Scotus National Honor Society. She was also active in volleyball, earning a number of high school honors.
Morgan Nicole Thorson of Columbus is a 2016 graduate of Scotus Central Catholic High School where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and soccer. She was a member of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), National Honors Society and the High School Journalism Club. Thorson has been accepted into the Kearney Hospital Opportunities Program (KHOP) for pre-pharmacy at UNK. This is a joint program between UNK and UNMC. After completing the three year pre-pharmacy program at UNK, she will finish her doctorate of Pharmacy degree at UNMC in Omaha.
Focher to Receive Gerhold Scholarship
COLUMBUS – Bethany Focher of Bruno has been named the recipient of the 2016 William and Barbara Gerhold $500 Scholarship through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. The William and Barbara Gerhold Scholarship was established in 2005 to help promote educational achievement and service excellence among area students going into the health care field.
Focher is a 2016 graduate of Aquinas High School in David City where she was active in volleyball, basketball, track, the dance squad and many more activities. She plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, NE. She is the daughter of Dale and Lori Focher, also of Bruno.
$500 HDR Scholarships Awarded to Two
COLUMBUS – Amber Mazankowski and Amber Saenz, both of Columbus, have been named as the 2016 H D R Scholarship winners through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. Each year, the H D R scholarships assist two students who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Preference is given to students who plan to attend Central Community College – Columbus Campus and for one scholarship, preference is given to a student who is proficient in Spanish.
Mazankowski recently completed her general studies at Central Community College in Columbus, where she was active in sports and vocal music. She is enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she will major in Biomechanics. Her eventual goal is to become a Physical Therapist.
Amber Saenz is currently enrolled at Central Community College in Columbus in the Practical Nursing program. She plans to resume her nursing classes in the fall of 2016 and graduate with a diploma in practical nursing in 2017. Saenz will then continue on in the Associate Degree program to become a Registered Nurse. Her eventual plan is to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. She is currently employed full-time at Columbus Community Hospital as Certified Nursing Assistant.
Nienaber Receives Columbus Community Hospital Scholarship
COLUMBUS – Mikayla Nienaber of Columbus is the recipient of the 2016 Columbus Community Hospital $300 Student Scholarship, awarded through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. The Columbus Community Hospital Scholarship was established in 2008 and is awarded to a qualified high school student who is taking a Certified Nursing Assistant or other entry level healthcare course.
Nienaber is a 2016 graduate from Scotus Central Catholic High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and was active in Speech, Band Singers, track and cross country. She is employed by Meridian Gardens as a CNA in the memory care unit. She will attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney this fall where she will major in Nursing. Her career plans include specializing in either psychiatric or pediatric nursing. She is the daughter of Carl and Susan Nienaber of Columbus.
Jerilyn Joy Scherbarth Receives Dwayne Willers Memorial Scholarship
COLUMBUS –Jerilyn Joy Scherbarth of Columbus is the recipient of the $300 Dwayne Willers Memorial scholarship, awarded through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. The Dwayne Willers Memorial scholarship was established in 2013 by Mr. Willers’ family and is awarded to a qualified student who is pursuing a career in the field of radiology.
Scherbarth is currently a radiography student through UNMC and Columbus Community Hospital. She intends to receive her bachelor’s degree in radiation sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha with an eventual goal of working in a hospital in a smaller community. Scherbarth is involved in church activities and was named to the UNMC Dean’s List.
Dallmont J. Erickson Memorial Scholarship awarded to Cuba
COLUMBUS – Carter Jarae Cuba of Silver Creek is the recipient of the 2016 Dallmont J. and Bernadette Erickson $500 Memorial Scholarship, awarded through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. The Erickson Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Erickson’s daughter, Korene Fehringer to assist a Columbus Community Hospital employee or the child of an employee who is enrolled in educational training in an area of nursing for which the current need is greatest.
Cuba is currently attending the University of Nebraska Medical Center college of Nursing in Norfolk in the RN/BSN program. She is active in the Student Nurses Association and with the American Red Cross. After graduation from nursing school, she intends to work fulltime in a rural area of Nebraska and continue her education to obtain an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) degree.
Cuba currently works as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Good Samaritan Society in Osceola, Nebraska.