Clara Barton Hospital Foundation Awards Seven Healthcare Scholarships

 May 23, 2018 

Each year, the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation awards scholarships to local applicants interested in pursuing a degree in the medical field. These scholarships have been funded through scholarship endowments that have been established over the years. This year, the Foundation awarded seven $500.00 scholarships.

The Verda Lane scholarship was made possible through an endowment established by her family in honor of her years of dedicated nursing service. The scholarship assists students in their academic pursuit to become a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This year, the Verda Lane scholarship was awarded to Kylie Lamatsch of Claflin. Lamatsch is a recent graduated of Central Plains High School and will be attending Fort Hays State University in the fall where she will pursue a degree in nursing. After receiving her nursing degree, Kylie hopes to return to the central Kansas area.

The Dr. Robert Moore Scholarship was established at the request of the late Dr. Moore’s family to assist employees of Clara Barton Hospital with their continuing education. This year, the scholarships were awarded to Ronda Miller of Hoisington and Amber Thomas of Great Bend. Ronda Miller currently works at Clara Barton Medical Clinic and Great Bend. She is working to obtain her Medical Assistant Certificate from Barton Community College. Miller is passionate about the medical field and hopes to be able to expand her duties at the clinic once she has completed her certificate. Amber Thomas has worked for Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics as a CNA and a receptionist over the past several years. During her time at Clara Barton, Thomas realized that nursing was her calling. Thomas will begin the LPN program at Barton Community College in the fall. After becoming an LPN, she plans to work toward achieving her BSN and APRN degree.

The Jonathan Witt Scholarship supports students planning to pursue a healthcare professional curriculum. This scholarship is the oldest scholarship offered, having been continually awarded since the formation of the Hospital Auxiliary organization in the 1950’s. The auxiliary members voted to rename the scholarship in 2004 and established an endowment with the Foundation in honor of Jonathan Witt, son of Dr. Dan and Sandi Witt. This year, the scholarships were awarded to Lee Letourneau of Claflin and Janae Schulte of Ellsworth. Letourneau is a recent graduated of Central Plains High School and will be attending Fort Hays State University in the fall where he will pursue a degree in nursing. After receiving his nursing degree, Letourneau plans to continue his education and become a nurse anesthetist. Shulte currently attends Kansas State University and is working towards a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. After the completion of her degree, Shulte plans to become a counselor or mental health therapist and hopes to make a change in the world, one person at a time.

The Sadie Stalcup Scholarship was established in more recent years to honor Sadie Stalcup, a long time nurse at Clara Barton Hospital. This year, two scholarships were awarded to Mykela Riedl of Hoisington and Krista Schneider of Olmitz. Riedl graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science: Pre-Physical Therapy from Sterling College. She is currently attending Wichita State University and is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. After the completion of her doctorate, Riedl plans to return back to the Hoisington community to begin practicing physical therapy. Schneider recently graduated from Hoisington High School and will be attending Fort Hays State University in the fall where she will pursue a degree in nursing. Schneider plans to someday be a pediatric or obstetrics nurse.

If you would be interested in making a contribution to any of these endowments or to the Clara Barton Foundation, please visit, contact Michelle Moshier at 620-653-5012 or mail your tax deductible contribution to P.O. Box 25 Hoisington, Kansas 67544.

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