Published: 08/04/2014

Evangelical Community Hospital Celebrates Nursing & Health Career Scholarship Awardees

On Friday, August 1, 2014, 13 nursing and health career students gathered at Evangelical Community Hospital to celebrate receiving one of three scholarships available from the Hospital.

After a brief welcome, the recipients and their parents were treated to catered lunch. Angela Lahr, MHA, MT (ASCP), Administrative Director of Laboratory Services and Billie Jo Day, RN, BSN, CBPN-IC, Oncology Navigator at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, were guest speakers for the event.

When advising the students on the beginnings of their education, Lahr spoke to the students about how their interests may shift once they start learning.

Lahr said, “It’s admirable that you’ve set a career goal in the healthcare field. Enter your education with an open-mind, develop good relationships with your professors and advisors, learn from your life experiences, and face all challenges head-on.”

Day, the first-ever Mae Keefer Scholarship winner, echoed those sentiments by saying, “I began as a nursing aide. Every step of my career was a learning experience and I couldn’t be where I am today without building on those experiences.”

She continued, “Your passion will drive you to where you need to go in your career. I’m still learning and teaching and enjoying every moment.”

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

Front row – Candice Smith, Selinsgrove; Madison Betsker, Selinsgrove; Jenna Kapsar, Selinsgrove; Adrienne Trotto, Northumberland; Mariah Kilgus, Watsontown; and Carlie Stockdale, Lewisburg.

Back row – Robert and DeOnne Gronlund, scholarship program supporters; Jenna Aumiller, Beavertown; Katie Beam, White Deer; Laura Steininger, Middleburg; Jenna Wheary, Trevorton; Tiffany Wolfe, Dornsife; Leanne Kainzbauer, Mifflinburg; Katelyn Gensel, Milton; Angela Lahr, MHA, MT (ASCP), Administrative Director of Laboratory Services at Evangelical; and Billie Jo Day, RN, BSN, CBPN-IC, Oncology Navigator at the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health.