ST. MARYS — The JTD Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, has awarded a $1,000 nursing scholarship to Monica Hemmelgarn of Marion Local for the 2016-2017 school year. Monica is currently studying nursing at the University of Cincinnati.
“The Foundation, an affiliate of Grand Lake Health System, has awarded over $204,000 in nursing scholarships for area students since the Foundation began in 1991,” staid Linda Haines, executive director. “We are pleased to award scholarships to support our local students in pursuit of their career goals in health care education.”
Eunice Ernst, chair of the JTD Hospital Foundation said, “Scholarships are one of the most important programs of the JTD Hospital Foundation. Grand Lake Health System and Joint Township Hospital have an outstanding group of health care professionals. We look forward to the day when these scholarship recipients will be working side by side with them.”
A major priority of the foundation is raising funds for the education of their future health care professionals. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the foundation awarded $13,500 in scholarships which includes one $3,000 scholarship to a current college student with a Pre-Med focus, one new $1,000 scholarship for nursing, two $1,000 scholarships to previous nursing scholarship recipients who are continuing their nursing studies, and six $1,000 scholarships to area graduating high school students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.
The 2016 Pre-Med scholarship recipient was Zachary Holtzapple, from Wapakoneta. The two nursing students receiving a continuing $1,000 scholarships were Elyssa Sherriff of Celina and Amber Paul from Minster.
Six scholarships were awarded from the Johnsen Family Scholarship Fund, an endowment held by the Foundation for area high schools seniors who plan to pursue a career in various allied health care fields. These $1000 scholarships were awarded to: Monica Ebbing, Celina High School; Jessica Berelsman, Minster High School; Alyson Elking, New Bremen High School; Abigail Lageman, New Knoxville High School; Rochelle Sudman, St. Marys Memorial High School and Rachael Schneider, Wapakoneta Senior High School.