Evangelical Community Hospital Celebrates Nursing & Health Career Scholarship Awardees

August 01, 2018

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 2018 were: Selina Albert, Coal Township; Brooke Aucker, Beavertown; Benjamin Babakov, New Columbia; Courtney Betsock, Winfield; Emily Boudeman, Turbotville; Jade Hollenbach, Northumberland; Chase Hummel, Lewisburg; Lillie Keefer, Selinsgrove; Sierra Martin, Mifflinburg; Hannah Sauers, New Berlin; Hannah Showalter, Millmont; Reilley Spriggle, Mount Pleasant Mills; Hannah Swineford, Selinsgrove; Drew Trate, Milton; Deborah Thomas, Beavertown; and Margaret Wiand, Mifflinburg.

After a brief welcome, the recipients and their guests were treated to catered lunch. Tamara Persing, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Persing relayed how her career in nursing evolved from school to where she is now as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Evangelical. 

“If you would have told me one day I would have been a Chief Nursing Officer, I would have never believed it,” said Persing. “You begin your journey in healthcare and it takes you to unexpected places, where you learn a little bit of something from everyone you meet, your coworkers, your mentors, your patients. Soon you find yourself in a rewarding career and in a position to give back. Today is the day we get to give back and if you ever need a mentor or a voice of experience, we’re here for you.” 

Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer, shared a brief explanation and background of the individuals who are the namesakes of the scholarships and appreciation for the donors who help make the scholarships possible. 

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 www.evanhospital.com.


PHOTO from left to right: 

 Front row – Jade Hollenbach, Northumberland; Hannah Showalter, Millmont; Lillie Keefer, Selinsgrove; and Chase Hummel, Lewisburg.

Back row – Paul and Mildred John, donor champions of the John Family Scholarship; Reilley Spriggle, Mount Pleasant Mills; Benjamin Babakov, New Columbia; Courtney Betsock, Winfield; and DeOnne and Robert Gronlund, donor champions of the Mae Keefer Scholarship.

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