Jaylin Wong, who graduated this year from Burnsville High School and is studying nursing at the University of Minnesota, is one of two 2017 EMPOWER Scholarship recipients. EMPOWER scholarships support ethnically diverse students pursue medical or rehabilitation careers.
During high school, Wong volunteered more than 778 hours at Fairview Ridges Hospital. She spent most of the time in the birth center and playing healing music. Wong also plays music at church where she has served as a worship and student group leader.
At school, Wong played jazz and orchestral violin. In addition, she played badminton, ran cross country and belonged to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was vice president of the National Honor Society, participated in the Green Team environmental club and volunteered with Brainpower in a Backpack, stuffing backpacks to feed hungry students.
“Jaylin has used her volunteering to express her passions in life, to honor her cultural heritage, and to explore options for the future,” said one of her nominators. “Her values are imbedded in everything she does.”
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is able to provide the EMPOWER Scholarships because of a gift from the Courage Kenny Foundation’s David M. Hersey Endowment Fund. EMPOWER is an acronym for Encourage Minority Participation in Occupations with Emphasis on Rehabilitation.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation
Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage
Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute
provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and
long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout
Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has
multiple locations, and numerous
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