Allegan Healthcare Group Scholarship Recipients (L to R): Shelly Ruthruff, Lynsie Bradley, Nicole Wright and Melissa Taber. (Not pictured: Melissa Brames, Jessica Miller, Courtney Cook and Erin Velicky.)
Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation Awards Scholarships
The Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation recently awarded its fall educational scholarships to Allegan Healthcare Group employees and their children in support of training and higher education studies in healthcare.
“Providing scholarships to our hardworking employees and their children is one of the most rewarding things we are able to do through the Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation,” said Jenifer Garcia, Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation Executive Director. “It is vitally important that we invest in our current and future health care providers to meet a growing demand for health services,” added Garcia.
Allegan Healthcare Group team members who received scholarships are listed below with their respective area at Allegan Healthcare Group. Lynsie Bradley (Dorr), Acute Care; Melissa Brames (Dorr), Respiratory Therapy; Jessica Miller (Plainwell), Cancer Care and Infusion Center; Melissa Taber (Allegan), Food and Nutrition; and Erin Velicky (Wayland), Registration.
The following Allegan Healthcare Group team members received named scholarships:
- Courtney Cook (Gobles), Environmental Services, was a recipient of the Marie Hall Nursing Excellence Scholarship.
- Shelly Ruthruff (Allegan), Perioperative Service, received the Robert Hayes Family Scholarship.
- Nicole Wright (Martin), Practice Manager of Allegan Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center and Allegan General Surgery, was awarded the Debra Rae Daniels Memorial Scholarship.
Six children of employees received scholarship awards:
- Amanda Cole (Allegan) received the Marie Hall Nursing Excellence Scholarship and is attending Hope College pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
- Abigail Kramer (Wayland) is attending Baker College of Muskegon pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology.
- Jaime Manne (Hamilton) is pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Radiologic Technology at Grand Rapids Community College
- Kassandra Mollitor (Allegan) is pursuing her Associate’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Baker College of Owosso
- Amanda Torres (Plainwell) is attending Grace College pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling with a minor in Spanish.
- Carrie Trimpe (Kalamazoo) is studying Health Law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.
These scholarship recipients were honored at a ceremony on Tuesday, December 6 at Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital in front of their peers, family members, and board members who attended to wish them well as they begin or continue their studies to gain further healthcare skills and knowledge to serve others.
The Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation awards scholarships twice yearly. Awards to high school students are presented each spring. The scholarship fund is made up of the Schuyler Mellen Education Endowment Fund, Marie Hall Nursing Scholarship Fund, Debra Rae Daniels Memorial Scholarship Fund, Chester Oisten Scholarship Fund, Robert Hayes Family Scholarship Fund, and a general fund maintained by the Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation. The Foundation’s scholarship awards are an important part of the organization’s mission to “invest in the health of our community.”
Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation supports initiatives for Allegan Healthcare Group and their development support is focused around three vital areas that impact Education, Patient & Family Support Programs, and Clinical Care. The Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation invites and accepts financial gifts to help further the mission of Allegan Healthcare Group. For more information about the AGH Foundation, visit aghfoundation.org.