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Eight non-traditional students benefit from $1,000 scholarships

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 06/12/2014
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Scholarship recipients (holding checks, left to right): Jocelyn Gorham, Kelly Vaught, Mandy Pichla, Riley Williams, Rebecca Bull and Kayla White-Kusilek, with foundation board members (back row, left to right): Glenda Zielski, Mary Johnson, Heather Logelin, Mary-Alice Muraski, Jenny O'Neill. Not pictured are scholarship recipients Racheal Miller and Pang Moua.

Eight students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the River Falls Area Hospital Foundation yesterday (Wednesday).

The eight non-traditional student recipients were invited to a brief ceremony at the hospital, where they were presented with their scholarships by Heather Logelin, director of foundation and community engagement, and four members of the foundation board of directors.

Twice a year, the foundation's board of directors considers applications from non-traditional students, with the goal of increasing the number of health care providers serving in the region served by River Falls Area Hospital (River Falls, Hudson, Ellsworth, Spring Valley and Prescott).

Jennifer O'Neill, chair of the River Falls Area Hospital Foundation, said: "In addition to providing top-quality patient care today, we must also look to the future. It is vital for our hospital to support the education of health care students in our region to ensure we all have access to well-trained staff in the future."

The eight scholarship recipients are:

  • Rebecca Bull, of Ellsworth, employed at River Falls Medical Clinic and Vino in the Valley, training to be a registered nurse at Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Jocelyn Gorham, of Beldenville, employed at Shakti Dance Studio and Comforts of Home, training to be a registered nurse at Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Racheal Miller, of River Falls, employed at River Falls Area Hospital and United Hospital, training to be a registered nurse at Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Pang Moua, of River Falls, employed at Allina Health, studying communicative disorders (speech pathology) at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls
  • Mandy Pichla, of River Falls, employed at River Falls Emergency Medical Service, as reserve police officer for River Falls Police Department, and Bergquist Company, training as a paramedic at Chippewa Valley Technical College River Falls/Eau Claire
  • Kelly Vaught, of River Falls, employed at River Falls Area Hospital, studying for her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • Kayla White-Kusilek, of River Falls, employed at River Falls Medical Clinic, studying for a bachelor's degree in health information management through an online course at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth
  • Riley Williams, of River Falls, employed at Hudson Hospital, River Falls Emergency Medical Service, Taylor County Ambulance and Vino in the Valley, studying for his associate's degree in nursing at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

The deadline for the next round of scholarships for spring semester 2015 is October 15, 2014. For an application form, please download the application.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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