A total of $3,600 will be granted to eight local students by the Perkins County Health Services Foundation. The PCHSF scholarship committee consists of Foundation Board members Lori Day, Madrid; Diana Maupin and Mary Dodson, both of Venango; and Bob Cummings, Grant.
Emily, graduating senior at Perkins County High School, will receive the $1,000 Jeppesen Christian or Health Education Scholarship. She is the daughter of Bob and Brenda Kiolbasa of Grant. Emily will enter the University of Nebraska, Kearney, this fall to major in Speech Pathology. She has been active in many extra-curricular school activities and worked at Westview Retirement Community and U-Save Pharmacy in Ogallala.
Academically, Emily has achieved a 4.0 grade point average and is first in her class. Characteristics used by her teachers to describe Emily are serving people, excellent leadership and strong work ethic.
Alek, son of Joe and Carol Pelster of Elsie, graduates from Perkins County High School and will receive the $500 Max and Irene Kurkowski Health Services Scholarship. He plans to enter the University of Nebraska at either Lincoln or Kearney and major in physical therapy or sports medicine. He has been injured several times in football, thus he has personally experienced much physical therapy. This accounts for his interest in P.T., so he did a work study with local PCHS P.T., Ben Holmstedt.
On the all A honor roll, he has been a delegate to Boys State and has attended the 4-H Washington, D.C. focus trip.
Stephanie will receive a $300 Grainton United Methodist Church Health Education Scholarship. The daughter of Fred and Paige Reichert of Grant, she will graduate from Perkins County High School. Stephanie plans to enter Colby Community College to achieve a physical therapy assistant degree. No stranger to health services, her dad serves on the local EMT squad and her mother works in the PCHS Medical Records Department.
Stephanie plans to work in a rural community after college. Very active in the community, she has been a member of the Perkins County Youth Council, been to Girls State, has been president of FCCLA, and served on Congressman Adrian Smith’s Youth Advisory Council.
Also from Perkins County High School, Debbie is awarded a $250 PCHS Foundation Scholarship. The daughter of Earl and Deb Dahlkoetter of Grant, she has been accepted at several community colleges but has not decided which one she will attend yet. She plans to major in a physical therapy assistant program.
This decision comes after spending much time PT job shadowing in North Platte and Grant. She feels that she will be able to relate to people in physical therapy because her injuries required much time in therapy.
Debbie has done extensive church volunteer work and has excelled in music, drama and track. She captained the cheerleading squad, placed fifth in state shot put, and has been chosen to go on the Europe trip with the Nebraska Ambassadors.
Ryan, son of Wayne and Cherie Sowle of Wallace, was awarded a $500 PCHS Foundation Scholarship. He plans to become a Physician’s Assistant by going to the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Ryan states that he would like to eventually work in a rural healthcare facility.
With all A’s on his Wallace high school academic record, he has excelled in many areas including speech and FFA parliamentary procedure. He has been his school’s Quiz Bowl captain, junior high math tutor, and has already taken some college psychology, algebra and English. His teachers credit him as being a student with high respect and quality leadership.
Sean is awarded the $500 Kroeker Health Education Scholarship. He is the son of Jim and Mary May of Wallace and plans to become a Physician’s Assistant through an education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. An outstanding athlete and student, he has lettered in all sports for four years and is third academically in his class.
Sean says that he has been interested in health care since he was five years old. Being active in sports, he was particularly interested in orthopedics. In high school he has shadowed various healthcare personnel at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
His teachers comment that he is a fierce competitor, an outstanding vocalist and generally very versatile. Sean has already taken college psychology, English and math courses.
A graduating senior at Wallace High School, Jordan lives with his grandparents, Dean and Karen Franklin. He has earned a $300 Grainton United Methodist Church Health Education Scholarship. He intends to become an athletic trainer by attending the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He states that he would like to put himself through college, with the help of any scholarships and financial aid.
Jordan works hard and has college goals, since he will be the first in his family to attend college. He has been active in sports, FFA, FCCLA, choir and drama. In choir he was awarded the opportunity to sing in New York at the Carnegie Hall.
Dani, the daughter of Deb Schimonitz of rural Grant, is completing her first year at UNK. She is transferring to Mid Plains Community College, North Platte, to pursue a degree as a dental assistant. She is awarded a $250 PCHS Foundation Scholarship.
After getting her college education, she is interested in working in a rural community, such as Grant.