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 15.
Alexis Schmidt, daughter of Gretchen Schmidt of Grant, will be receiving the Kroeker Health Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Her career goal is to become a doctor.
Lexie has been on the “A” honor roll for all of her high school career; participated in Quiz Bowl, FCCLA, FFA, mock trial, speech and is a National Honor Society member. She participated in Scholastic competitions at Mid Plains Community College and Chadron State College.
Even with all of her commitments, she works in the dietary department at PCHS. Last summer she was accepted and attended Bryan College of Health Science’s Health Career Camp. Those writing letters of support say she exhibits maturity, leadership and dedication.
This year’s recipient of the $500 Ron Patrick Scholarship and the Grainton Methodist Church Health Education Scholarship for $500 is Michelle Skeels.
Michelle is the eldest daughter of Mike and Lisa Skeels of Grant. Michelle will begin her college career at the Grand Island campus of Central Community College. She plans to become a nurse. She works part-time for Hatch’s Super Foods. Her teachers call her conscientious, self-reliant and take-charge.
Allison Kiolbasa will be receiving the Max and Irene Kurkowski Health Education Scholarship for $500 and the PCHS Foundation Scholarship for $500. Allison is the daughter of Brenda and Bob Kiolbasa of Grant. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney and study occupational therapy with a minor in Spanish. She has been a member of National Honor Society, speech and drama, “A” honor roll, all while working part-time at Hugs-N-Teddy Bears Daycare. Allison volunteers for her church’s Vacation Bible School and the youth ball program.
The letters of recommendation for Allison state her determination, efficiency and organizational skills will help in her pursuit of a medical career.
Carlie Waitley is a graduating senior from Perkins County High School and the eldest of two children of Matt and Sandy Waitley. She will receive the Jeppesen Christian or Health Education Scholarship for $1,000.
Her plans are to attend Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo. and study physical therapy. She has been doing work-study in the PCHS physical therapy department.
Some of the activities that she has been involved in are Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, volleyball, FFA, basketball and track.
One of her letters of recommendation notes that her personal experience with physical therapy will be a valuable asset in providing compassion to patients.
The foundation extends best wishes and congratulations to this year’s recipients of the scholarships.