Published: 08/04/2015

Evangelical Community Hospital Celebrates Nursing & Health Career Scholarship Awardees

On Friday, July 31, 2015, 13 of the 27 students awarded nursing and health career scholarships gathered at Evangelical Community Hospital to celebrate receiving one of the three scholarships available from the Hospital.

After a brief welcome, the recipients and their parents were treated to a catered lunch. Billie Jo Day, RN, BSN, CN-BN, Oncology Navigator at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health and Nina Camp, LPN, RRT, Pulmonary Rehab Therapist at Evangelical were guest speakers for the event. 

Day, the first-ever Mae Keefer Scholarship winner, advised the students on the challenges the may face throughout their careers. “Healthcare is a noble profession, the challenges are daily. Remaining self-driven is necessary,” said Day.

She continued with a few tips for the students such as, taking initiative, being confident, and allowing humor to live in their daily care of and interaction with others.

Camp spoke of her own challenges throughout her nursing career, working in a variety of settings, and finding her niche as a pulmonary rehabilitation therapist. She spoke of the importance of caring for the patient and striving to learn something new every day. She finished with a word of advice she received from her father, “No one cares how much you know, they care how much you care.”

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 scholarship awards to students pursuing careers in medical imaging, respiratory therapy, medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or cytotechnology.

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 left by the individuals the gifts are named after.”

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:

2015 Scholarship Luncheon

Front row – Hannah Sauers, New Berlin; Allison Lloyd, Lewisburg; Vanessa Witmer, Northumberland; Adrienne Trotto, Northumberland; Mariah Kilgus, Watsontown; and Carlie Stockdale, Lewisburg.

Back row –  Rebecca Rummel, Shamokin; Katie Beam, West Milton; Katelyn Sheesley, Mifflinburg; Jenna Aumiller, Beavertown; Emily Benfer, New Columbia; Shelby Derr, Sunbury; and Claire Sankey, Kreamer.