Area students receive Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and Dakota Hospital Foundation scholarships

Area students receive Sanford Vermillion Medical Center and Dakota Hospital Foundation scholarships
Sanford Vermillion Medical Center (SVMC) and Dakota Hospital Foundation recently awarded $2,500 in academic scholarships to area high school students.

Health Career Scholarship

Winnie Zou, a senior at Vermillion High School was awarded a 2007 SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.


Zou will major in biology/pre-medicine in the fall of 2007 at The University of South Dakota. Her goal is to one day become an ophthalmologist. Winnie is the daughter of Nan Jiang and Xiaoli Zou of Vermillion.

The purpose of the SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Healthcare Career Scholarship is to identify and retain outstanding Vermillion area students dedicated to furthering their education in a health-related occupation at the University of South Dakota.

Employee Dependent Scholarship

Area students Benton Rolfes, graduate of Newcastle High School, and Heather Walker, graduate of Vermillion High School and current undergraduate student at the University of South Dakota, were each awarded a 2007 SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Employee Dependent Scholarship.

Benton Rolfes was award-ed a $1,000 scholarship. Rolfes plans to attend the Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, majoring in computer science/pre-engineering. His goal is to work for a major computer company and design software programs. Benton is the son of Julie and Mark Rolfes of Newcastle, NE. Julie is the Therapeutic Recreation Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Sanford Care Center Vermillion.

Heather Walker was awarded a $500 scholarship. Walker is currently enrolled at The University of South Dakota. She is majoring in psychology and biology on the pre-medicine track and hopes to one day become a pediatrician. Walker states that ultimately she would like to volunteer overseas in an underprivileged country. Heather is the daughter of Dr. Vicki and Lanny Walker of Vermillion. Dr. Walker is a Family Medicine physician at Sanford Clinic Vermillion.

The purpose of the SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Employee Dependent Scholarship is to identify outstanding achievement on the part of employees' children who are planning to pursue a post-secondary education in a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical program.

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