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

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

HEALTH CAREER SCHOLARSHIP

Kristina Zalud, a 2012 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a Sanford Vermillion Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Zalud will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall majoring in pre-medicine. Kristina is the daughter of Garreth and Trudy Zalud.

Melissa Hessman, a 2012 graduate of Irene-Wakonda High School was awarded a Sanford Vermillion Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $500. Hessman will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall majoring in health sciences. Melissa is the daughter of Ruth Hessman and Doug Hessman.

Samantha Girard, a 2012 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a Sanford Vermillion Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $500. Girard will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall majoring in medical biology/pre-med. Samantha is the daughter of Mark and Chris Girard.

Lauren Leichtnam, a 2012 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a Sanford Vermillion Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $500. Leichtnam will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall majoring in nursing. Lauren is the daughter of Les and Rita Leichtnam.

Katie Anderson, a 2012 graduate of Ponca High School was awarded a Sanford Vermillion Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $500. Anderson will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall majoring in health sciences. Katie is the daughter of Ray and Karen Anderson.

The purpose of the Sanford Vermillion 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 Kaleb Christopherson and Mitchell Ellison were each awarded a 2012 Dakota Hospital Foundation Employee Dependent Scholarship.

Kaleb Christopherson, a 2011 graduate of Gayville-Volin High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Christopherson plans to attend South Dakota State University this fall majoring in wildlife and fisheries science. Kaleb is the son of Jill Christopherson and Rick Christopherson. Jill is an administrative assistant at Sanford Vermillion.

Mitchell Ellison, a 2012 graduate of Vermillion High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Ellison plans to attend Briar Cliff College majoring in health sciences. Mitchell is the son of Nancy Ellison and Doug Ellison. Nancy is the laboratory manager at Sanford Vermillion.

The purpose of the 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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