This fall, the Evaline Hess Health Education and Scholarship Trust awarded six scholarships for local students pursuing education in the health care industry. Each year, a local trustee board makes selections from a pool of both new applicants and previous candidates and recipients. The trustees share control of the trust with the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Foundation in McPherson.
The trust provides financial awards for recipients in three major categories: initial entry into health care, career advancement in health care, or update of technical training. For 2008 the recipients are as follows:
Katie Blake, Galva – Currently attending the nursing program at Hesston College.
Valerie Frazier, McPherson – Completed Licensed Practical Nursing school last spring and is pursuing her Registered Nurse certification through Hutchinson Community College. She holds a part-time position at Memorial Hospital.
Christopher Gehring, Buhler – Received his certification in radiology technology from Hutchinson Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in radiology technology from Clarkson College in Nebraska. He plans to become a Radiology Physician Assistant.
Daryl Patrick, McPherson – Working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Tabor College in Wichita. He plans to pursue a master’s degree.
Shelly Prescott, McPherson – Currently attending Fort Hays State University pursuing a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance.
Kolin Walk, McPherson – Currently attends West Point and is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology.
George and Evaline Hess had in interest in advancing health education, and their generosity is helping future generations achieve their educational goals. The original trust set forth by Evaline Hess has been awarding scholarships since 1980. “George and I know what it is like to struggle and work hard”, Evaline said at the time the scholarship was created.” “We know also that real wealth comes only with good health and knowledge. George and I care about people and when one cares, one shares, doesn’t one?” To date, a total of 258 scholarships have been awarded.