The students receiving the scholarship range from graduating seniors to graduate students furthering their education.
“We are committed to continuing to support our local healthcare workforce, those who are furthering their careers as well as those soon to be entering the field,” said Skaggs Foundation President Meghan Connell. “We are blessed to be able to provide a hand up for many of these individuals, many of whom could not otherwise afford to continue their education.”
Rory Lynn is heading back to school to become a laboratory technician. Through Ozarks Technical Community College’s program, Lynn will learn how to collect samples, study and test specimens – it’s an important behind-the-scenes job.
“This is so necessary for healthcare and my primary goal in life is to help people,” Lynn said.
He was excited to learn he was one of the 24 local students to receive a Skaggs Foundation scholarship for the fall.
“This scholarship has blessed me in so many ways,” Lynn said. “No. 1, it means that it is an indication from God that I am appreciated for my accomplishments. This scholarship has also had a big impact and opened many doors for me. Receiving this scholarship boosts my self-confidence, knowing that I can be part of taking care of people, especially when they need it the most through medical care.”
Among the 24 fall semester scholarship recipients, 12 are currently employed at Cox Medical Center Branson, 22 are full-time students and two are part-time students.
Recipients include Heather Dalton, Thuy Do, Shelly Einhorn, Kahlela Frey, Summer Fronterhouse, Deana Gray, Marietta Hagan, Chloe Heard, Samuel Henriquez, Kayci Hill, Caylee Kaempfer, Collette Lavoi, Gabriel Lavoi, Rory Lynn, Reagan Magdaz, Molly McCartney, Erin Pearson, Lexee Penner, Kylia Rector, Jacob Robertson, Jenna Salemie, Jana Watkins, Traci Willingham, and Alison Winslow.
Since inception in 2002, Skaggs Foundation has awarded a total of $419,450 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare. In 2020, a total of 47 scholarships were awarded for a total of $35,000. Scholarship funds are made available annually from interest earned from two permanently restricted scholarship endowments.
To be eligible, applicants must reside in Taney or Stone county, or Boone County, Ark., be an employee of Cox Medical Center Branson or the family member of a Cox Medical Center Branson employee.
Learn more about Skaggs Foundation's scholarship program