Published: 08/16/2016

Evangelical Community Hospital Celebrates Nursing & Health Career Scholarship Awardees

A catered lunch reception was recently held at Evangelical Community Hospital for students who were awarded nursing and health career scholarships through the Hospital’s scholarship program.

Students awarded the scholarships for 2016 were: Jenna Aumiller, Beavertown; Abigail Bausch, Sunbury; Katie Beam, West Milton; Quinn Black, Lewisburg; Lauren Bogar, Selinsgrove; Bryce Fiamoncini, Mount Carmel; Hailey Gombert, Sunbury; Jade Hollenbach, Northumberland; Nicole Horst, Mount Pleasant Mills; Chase Hummel, Lewisburg; Jenna Kapsar, Selinsgrove; Lillie Keefer, Selinsgrove; Mariah Kilgus, Watsontown; Allison Lloyd, Lewisburg; Hannah Sauers, New Berlin; Katelynn Sheesley, Mifflinburg; Megan Spangler, Mifflinburg; Claire Stankey, Kreamer; Laura Steininger, Middleburg; Carlie Stockdale, Lewisburg; and Margaret Wiand, Mifflinburg.

After a brief welcome, the recipients and their guests were treated to catered lunch. Billie Jo Day, RN, BSN, CN-BN, Oncology Nurse Care Coordinator for Cancer Services and Ashleigh W. Espinosa, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, were guest speakers for the event. 

Day, the first-ever Mae Keefer Scholarship winner, reflected on her over 24 years of employment at Evangelical and the many reasons people go into healthcare as a profession.

“The demand for medical experts is ever-growing and beyond being a great career, you have the ability to make an impact on individual lives and entire communities by providing compassionate care that makes a difference,” she said. “Pursuing a healthcare career is exciting in that every day is different – the challenges and rewards are endless.”

Espinosa highlighted the many different fields in which physical therapy is needed and encouraged the students to bring a passion to whatever they choose to do. “The key is to love what you do – being able to be part of providing a kind of care that can change the quality of a person’s life is an amazing gift.”

Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer, closed the luncheon with a brief explanation and background of the individuals who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

Schuck said, “Congratulations to each and every one of you on being named a recipient of these scholarships. The scholarship selection committee members are in awe of the overall dedication you have already shown to your community through your participation in organizations that help others and your volunteer work. You are very deserving of the legacy of the scholarship namesakes and donors.”

The Mae Keefer Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 1988 by the Hospital’s Board of Directors. It was named to recognize the longstanding dedication and contribution to the profession of nursing by Mae F. Keefer, RN, retired Director of Nursing at Evangelical. The Fund provides support for nursing students from Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

The Crystal D. Snyder Nursing Scholarship fund was established by family, friends and The Degenstein Foundation in 2008 to honor the memory of Crystal D. Snyder. The Fund provides annual scholarship support for local nursing students living in Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties.

The John Family Health Careers Scholarship at Evangelical Community Hospital provides annual financial aid awards to traditional or non-traditional students entering college for the purpose of pursuing a career as a respiratory therapist, medical technologist, clinical laboratory scientist, cytotechnologist, or physical therapist.

For more information about scholarships at Evangelical for nursing and health careers or to make a donation for future scholarship awards, visit




PHOTO from left to right:

Front row – Carlie Stockdale, Lewisburg; Laura Steininger, Middleburg; Lillie Keefer, Selinsgrove; Quinn Black, Lewisburg; Nicole Horst, Mount Pleasant Mills; and Jenna Aumiller, Beavertown.

Back row – Chase Hummel, Lewisburg; Robert Gronlund, donor champion of the Mae Keefer Scholarship; Paul and Mildred John, donor champions of the John Family Scholarship; Christal Dixon, RN, Director of Nursing – Specialty Services, Evangelical Community Hospital; Billie Jo Day, RN, BSN, CN-BN, Oncology Care Coordinator, Evangelical Community Hospital; Katie Beam, West Milton; Laura and Jesse Ramsey, donor champions of the Crystal D. Snyder Scholarship.