Columbus Community Hospital Foundation Announces $5,600 in Scholarship Awards
Columbus Community Hospital Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Elizabeth Blaser
The Columbus Community Hospital Foundation has announced Elizabeth L. Blaser of Duncan as the winner of the $500 Columbus Community Hospital Foundation Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in 2017 by the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation Board to be awarded to a student furthering his or her education in any health care field. Preference is given to a Columbus Community Hospital employee or the child or grandchild of an employee.
Blaser is a 2019 graduate of Columbus High School. She was active in high school activities, including marching band, indoor percussion, National Honor Society and was a state finalist for the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Believers & Achievers award. Blaser also held leadership roles in Platte County 4-H and numerous horse organizations including currently serving as President of the National Reining Horse Youth Association. She is a community volunteer and is leading the drive for a new ice-skating rink and warming shelter in the community. Additionally, Blaser is employed as a certified nursing assistant at Columbus Community Hospital.
Blaser plans to attend Wayne State College in the RHOP pre-med program. She will major in biology and minor in Spanish.
She is the daughter of Chris and Amy Blaser of Duncan.
Jacalyn Johnson Earns Eagles Radiological Scholarship
The Columbus Community Hospital Foundation has announced Jacalyn A. Johnson of Columbus as the winner of the 2019 Eagles Radiological $1,000 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.
Johnson is currently a student at the University of Nebraska- Medical Center in Omaha where she is studying radiography.
Johnson is employed at Columbus Urgent Care and was previously employed at Hy-Vee. She was the Kearney Health Opportunities program recipient in radiography. Following her graduation from radiography school in May 2019, Johnson plans to enroll in the magnetic resonance (MRI) program at UNMC. She hopes to complete much of her training at Columbus Community Hospital.
Jacalyn is the daughter of Randy and Lynelle Johnson of Aurora, Nebraska.
Dallmont J. and Bernadine Erickson Memorial Scholarship awarded to Suzanne Oborny
Suzanne Oborny of David City is the recipient of the 2019 Dallmont J. and Bernadine 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.
Oborny is a 2019 graduate of Aquinas Catholic High School in David City, where she was active in show choir, jazz band, marching band, dance, soccer, volleyball, speech and drama. She has been accepted at Bryan College of Health Science in Lincoln and will attend this fall. She plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.
Oborny is employed as a certified nursing assistant at David Place in David City.
Her parents are Chuck and Trish Oborny of David City.
Prochaska Scholarships Awarded to Logan Bennett and Derek Elton
Logan C. Bennett and Derek W. Elton, both of Columbus, were recently announced as the recipients of the 2019 George Prochaska Scholarships through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. Both will be awarded a $500 scholarship to advance their educations 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.
Logan Bennett is a 2019 graduate of Scotus Central Catholic High School and is enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication science and disorders. Her goal is to receive a master’s degree in speech language pathology.
Bennett was the service coordinator for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and was active in the Scotus Shepherds Program, Sammy’s Superheroes and Columbus Community Hospital’s annual Run, Walk & Roll event. She was named to the Scotus “A” Honor Roll. Bennett is a part-time employee of a local pizza restaurant.
Bennett is the daughter of Jamie and Julie Bennett of Columbus.
Derek Elton is a 2019 graduate of Columbus High School. He plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where he will major in athletic training. Elton intends to become certified as an athletic trainer.
At Columbus High School, Elton served as president of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and was active in numerous youth leadership organizations. He also lettered on the CHS varsity track team.
Elton is employed as a rink supervisor at the Columbus Family Event Center and also works at a local farm. He volunteered at the American Legion Hartman Post #84 and at multiple FBLA activities.
He is the son of William and Heather Elton of Columbus.
Sarah Huettner Receives Gerhold Scholarship
Sarah R. Huettner of Humphrey has been named the recipient of the 2019 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.
Huettner plans to further her health care career by pursuing a Master of Science degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner at the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center – College of Nursing.
Huettner has been employed at Columbus Community Hospital as a registered nurse for almost seven years. She worked in the intensive care unit (ICU) before transferring to post anesthesia care unit (PACU). Additionally, Huettner is a Basic Life Support/CPR instructor and volunteers her time as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for the community of Humphrey. She also volunteers at a local private school, where she performs annual health checks for students in grades K- 12.
She and her husband, Kyle, and their children live in Humphrey.
Amanda Daugaard Receives Columbus Community Hospital High School Scholarship
Amanda R. Daugaard of Columbus is the recipient of the 2019 Columbus Community Hospital $300 Student Scholarship, awarded through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. The Columbus Community Hospital High School Scholarship was established in 2008 and is awarded to a qualified high school student who is taking a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or other entry-level health care course.
Daugaard recently completed her junior year at Columbus High School (CHS) where she is a member of the National Honor Society. She received the CHS principal’s award in 2017 and CHS 4.0 recognition in 2017 and 2018. Daugaard is a member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and is a VolunTEEN at Columbus Community Hospital’s Premier Physical Therapy and also works in the hospital’s gift shop. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church’s youth groups and has participated in mission work.
Daugaard is the daughter of Don and Renee Daugaard of Columbus.
Holly Kuhr Receives Dwayne Willers Memorial Scholarship
Holly B. Kuhr of Clarkson 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.
Kuhr is a 2019 graduate of Leigh High School. She was an FFA officer; a delegate to Girls State; was active in volleyball, music and speech and was on the A Honor Roll. Kuhr was a volunteer in FFA activities and in activities through her church. Additionally, she worked part-time in a local plant nursery.
She was accepted into the Wayne State College Rural Health Opportunities Program to begin her career in the field of radiography. She intends to finish her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Her parents are Russ and Beth Kuhr of Leigh.
$500 HDR Scholarships Awarded to Karissa Dicke and Kaitlyn Enderlin
Karissa N. Dicke of Ewing, and Kaitlyn Enderlin of Columbus, have been named as the 2019 HDR Scholarship winners through the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation. Each year, the HDR scholarships assist two students who are pursuing careers in health care. 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.
Karissa Dicke is currently a nursing student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – Lincoln Campus. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She serves as an ambassador of the Lincoln Campus College of Nursing and is a member of the Student Nursing Association. Dicke was named to the Fall 2018 UNMC Dean’s List.
Her parents are Paul and Diane Dicke of Ewing, NE.
Kaitlyn Enderlin is 2018 graduate of Scotus Central High School. She is currently a freshman at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Enderlin is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society and volunteers for the United Way, Relay for Life and 4-H trash pickup. She plans to further her health care education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Enderlin is the daughter of Craig and Kathy Enderlin of Columbus.
Krista Moon Awarded Inaugural Deb Kessler Memorial Scholarship
Krista M. Moon of Columbus was awarded the inaugural Deb Kessler Memorial Scholarship. This $500 scholarship was established in 2019 by Jack Kessler and Deb’s family and friends to help promote educational achievement and service excellence among area students pursuing a career in nursing. Preference is given to a CCH employee or child of an employee.
Moon has been employed as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the Columbus Community Hospital acute care unit since 2018. Prior to that, she was the aquatic director at the Columbus Family YMCA. She graduated cum laude from Midland University in Fremont in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Moon attends Central Community College in Columbus in the associate degree nursing program. Her career plans include continued employment at Columbus Community Hospital and earning her RN-BSN degree.
She is the daughter of Duane and Janet Mulligan of Columbus.
VolunTEEN Scholarships Awarded to Four Local Students
Each year, Columbus Community Hospital’s Volunteer & Guest Services awards a maximum of five scholarships to participants in its VolunTEEN program.
To be eligible for the scholarship, teens must be an active volunteer at the hospital. Scholarship winners are then determined based on the following criteria: attendance, organization and community involvement, leadership qualities, future goals, academics or work experience and their total number of approved volunteer service hours at Columbus Community Hospital.
This year’s VolunTEEN scholarships were awarded to Emily Van Cleave, Britney Stock, Jaden Johnson and Antonio Soto who were each awarded a $500 scholarship.
Emily Van Cleave has been a VolunTEEN since March 2015. She has volunteered in the emergency and quality departments, at Wiggles & Giggles Therapy for Kids and has served as a patient visitor on the acute care unit. After graduation from Lakeview High School, Van Cleave plans to attend the University of South Dakota at Vermillion where she will study nursing. She is the daughter of Chad and Lori Van Cleave.
Britney Stock has been a VolunTEEN since August 2018. She has worked at the hospital’s information desk and at Premier Physical Therapy. After graduation from Lakeview High School, Stock will attend Wayne State College and then she plans to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy. She is the daughter of Jim and Shayla Stock.
Jaden Johnson has been a VolunTEEN since June 2017 in the diagnostic imaging department. After graduation from Lakeview High School, he will attend Wayne State College where he has been accepted into the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) for medicine. Johnson is the son of Brach and Kara Johnson.
Antonio Soto started his service as a VolunTEEN in the diagnostic imaging department in August 2018. After graduating from Columbus High School, Soto will attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he plans to pursue a pre-health track with dual major in microbiology and nutrition sciences. He is the son of Maria Soto.