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June 21, 2021 bchc-news

2021 Auxiliary Scholarship Recipients

On June 3rd, the Buchanan County Health Center Auxiliary held their annual scholarship presentation at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence.  Each year, the BCHC Auxiliary awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to graduating seniors from East Buchanan, Independence, and Jesup School Districts, and also awards scholarships to nontraditional students entering into or continuing their education in a human health care related field.  This year, six $1,000 scholarships were awarded with the funding help of Auxiliary fundraisers, annual dues, and hospital gift shop sales.  The following individuals were awarded a $1,000 scholarship for entering into or continuing their education in a human healthcare related field:

Corissa Knutson – Corissa is a 2021 graduate of the East Buchanan School District.  She is the daughter of Kurt and Claire Knutson.  Corissa will be attending Upper Iowa University in the fall and her planned course of study will be pre-professional health studies (pre-med), with the goal of becoming a surgeon or gynecologist.

Cameron Ridder – Cameron is a 2021 graduate of the Independence Community School District.  He is the son of Mike and Jodi Ridder.  Cameron will be attending the University of Iowa in the fall with plans to major in human physiology and pre-med.

Jamie Thoma – Jamie is a 2021 graduate of the Jesup Community School District.  Jamie is the daughter of Steph Peterson and Matt Thoma.  Jamie will attend the University of Iowa in the fall and major in biology with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.

Brittany Fuller – Brittany is a 2014 graduate of the Independence Community School District.  Brittany received her bachelor of arts in biochemistry in 2018 from Wartburg College, and then attended Allen College for her bachelor of science in nursing.  Brittany is currently pursuing a degree at Allen College for her master’s in education with a goal of becoming an advanced registered nurse practitioners.

Stacey Mentzer – Stacey received her LPN and RN degree from Kirkwood Community College in 2019 and is currently pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing at Mount Mercy University.  Stacey is employed at Medical Associates of BCHC.

Ethan Bellendier – Ethan is a 2019 graduate of the Independence Community School District.  Ethan is currently enrolled at Luther College and is pursuing a pre-med degree with a special interest in neuroscience.

The BCHC Auxiliary is able to award scholarships through membership, fundraisers, and Gift Shop sales.  For more information about the BCHC Auxiliary, please contact Michelle McBride at (319) 332-0905.


Pictured: L-R: Brittany Fuller, Stacey Mentzer, Cameron Ridder, and Jamie Thoma

Not pictured: Corissa Knutson, Ethan Bellendier

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