Local students are recipients of Sioux Valley System scholarships

Local students are recipients of Sioux Valley System scholarships Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System recently awarded $1,000 academic scholarships to 100 dependent children of Sioux Valley employees throughout the Sioux Valley System.

Nicole Veitz was awarded a 2002 Sioux Valley Employee's Children Scholarship. Nicole is the daughter of Larry and Rhonda Veitz.

Rhonda works as a licensed practical nurse at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Care Center. She has worked as an LPN for 11 years at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

Larry is the chief executive officer of Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital.

Nicole graduated from Vermillion High School in May. She plans to attend St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, with a major in biology and minor in Spanish. She is enrolled in the Honors Program at St. Cloud and will be a member of the Huskies swimming team. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Rachel Nelson was awarded a 2002 Sioux Valley Employee's Children Scholarship. Rachel is the daughter of Arnold and Jane Nelson.

Jane is a nursing supervisor at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital and has worked for 14 years at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

Rachel graduated from Vermillion High School in May. She plans to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish and major in history and geography. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in secondary education.

Ashley Thompson was awarded a 2002 Sioux Valley Employee's Children Scholarship. She is the daughter of Craig and Marsha Thompson.

Marsha is a home care staff nurse and diabetes educator at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center and has worked for 11 years at the hospital. Ashley graduated from Vermillion High School in May. She plans to attend the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN to major in communications or education.

Children of Sioux Valley employees are invited each year to apply for the 100 scholarships. This year, over 249 applications were received and reviewed.

All full-time, part-time or unscheduled part-time employee's dependent children under the age of 24 who are high school seniors or students already enrolled in post secondary education can apply. Each student receiving a scholarship this year achieved a grade point average of 3.7 or above.

"The Sioux Valley Employee's Children Scholarship Program recognizes the academic excellence achieved by our employees' children as part of Sioux Valley's commitment to higher education and promoting a positive workplace. We congratulate Nicole, Rachel and Ashley and their parents for their scholarship awards," said John Paulson, chief executive officer at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

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