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

Sanford Vermillion Medical Center (SVMC) and Dakota Hospital Foundation recently awarded $5,000 in academic scholarships to area high school students.

Health Career Scholarship

Emma Getzin, a 2010 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Getzin will be attending the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2010 majoring in biology/pre-medicine. Her goal is to become a pediatrician. Emma is the daughter of Richard and Lois Getzin of Vermillion.

Steffani Donahoe, a 2010 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Donahoe will be attending the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2010 majoring in chemistry/pre-medicine. Her goal is to become a physician specializing OB/GYN or family medicine. Steffani is the daughter of Damian and Jeanne Donahoe of Vermillion.

Lacey Leichtnam, a 2010 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Leichtnam will be attending the University of South Dakota in the fall of 2010 majoring in health sciences and plans to further her education in the area of family medicine. Lacey is the daughter of Les and Rita Leichtnam 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 Kayla Salonen, Rebecca Moreau and Matthew Auch were each awarded a 2010 SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation Employee Dependent Scholarship.

Kayla Salonen, a 2010 graduate of Yankton High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Salonen plans to attend Morningside College, Sioux City, IA majoring in biology and then furthering her goal of chiropractic. Kayla is the daughter of Lori and Mike Salonen of Yankton. Lori is the respiratory therapist at Sanford Vermillion.

Matthew Auch, a 2009 graduate of Centerville High School was awarded a $500 scholarship. Auch is attending South Dakota State University majoring in civil engineering. Matthew is the son of Mary and Duane Auch of Centerville. Mary is a registered dietitian at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center.

Rebecca Moreau, a 2010 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a $500 scholarship. Moreau plans to attend Briar Cliff University majoring in social work. Rebecca is the daughter of Pauline and Fred Moreau of Vermillion. Pauline is a dietary aide in the Nutrition Services Department at Sanford 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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