Each year the Perkins County Health Services Foundation issues scholarships to graduating seniors from Perkins County and Wallace High School. Students must be entering a medical profession. This year’s applications were reviewed by the Foundation Scholarship committee and their recommendations were then voted on by the Foundation Board of Directors at their regular meeting April 16.
Lacey Jensen, daughter of Dr. Shannon and Darren Jensen of Grant, has been accepted at Bryan LGH in the registered nursing program. Her career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist. Lacey will be receiving the Jeppesen Christian or Health Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Lacey has been active in speech and drama, FCCLA, FFA, swing choir, student council, cheerleading and National Honor Society. She was a RYLA participant, class officer and Girl’s State delegate. She participated in work study at PCHS and Colglazier Medical Clinic. Last summer Lacey was accepted and attended Bryan LGH Health Career Camp. Those writing letters of support for Lacey say she exhibits conscientious dedication, compassion and attention to detail.
This year’s recipient of the $500 Ron Patrick Scholarship is Rachel Patrick. Rachel is the middle daughter of Miguel and Alicia Patrick of rural Grant. The activities that have kept Rachel very busy include speech and drama, mock trial, cheerleading, FFA, FCCLA, volleyball, track and student council. She has been an officer in many of the organizations she belongs to. Rachel finds time to be active in her church and community by volunteering for community service, VBS, Wonderful Wednesdays, Einstein Academy, and Red Cross blood drives. She attended RYLA and was chosen to return as a counselor. Rachel has been accepted to Nebraska Wesleyan University and plans to double major in art and psychology.
Austin Thelander will be receiving the PCHS Foundation Scholarship for $500. Austin is the son of Amy and Brent Thelander of rural Grant. Austin plans to attend University of Nebraska at Lincoln and study either pre-med or health management. He has been a member of FFA, PCYC, band and has served two years on the Adrian Smith Youth Congressional Council. The letters of recommendation for Austin state his determination and work ethic will suit him well in his pursuit of a medical career. Austin’s determination helped bring home Perkins County’s first ever state wrestling championship in February.
Anna Griffiths is a graduating senior from Wallace High school and the youngest daughter of Rod and Kristi Griffiths. Anna will receive the Max and Irene Kurkowski Health Scholarship for $500. Anna’s plans are to attend Central Community College in Hastings to fulfill her prerequisites and then transfer to Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. to pursue her bachelor of science degree in nursing. Some of the activities that she has been involved in are FCCLA, student council, speech and drama, FFA, volleyball, basketball and track. She has been a student council officer and treasurer for her class, as well as Cornhusker Girl’s State representative. Working at Scoular Grain, as well as on the family farm have helped Anna stay motivated and successful.
The foundation extends best wishes and congratulations to this year’s recipients of the PCHS Foundation scholarships.