Area students receive SVMC and Dakota Hospital Foundation scholarships

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

Health Career Scholarship

Mariah Larson, 2013 graduate of Vermillion High School, was awarded a Sanford Vermillion Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Larson will be attending the University of South Dakota this fall majoring in nursing/pre-occupational therapy. Mariah is the daughter of Eric and Laurie Larson.

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

Local students Heidi Osterberg and Cassie Waage were each awarded a 2013 Dakota Hospital Foundation Employee Dependent Scholarship.

Heidi Osterberg, 2013 graduate of Vermillion High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Osterberg plans to attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University this fall majoring in biology/pre-medicine. Heidi is the daughter of Valerie Lubben, chief finance officer at Sanford Vermillion.

Cassie Waage, 2013 graduate of Vermillion High School, was awarded a $500 scholarship. Waage plans to attend Mitchell Technical Institute pursuing the Radiologic Technology program. Cassie is the daughter of Patty Waage, triage nurse at Sanford Health Vermillion Clinic.

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.

Hannahs Family Scholarship

University of South Dakota, Occupational Therapy program student Kara Pettit was awarded the 2013 Hannahs Family Scholarship.

A first year Occupational Therapy student, Kara Pettit graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, with a BS in biology in 2009. Most recently she lived in Longwood, FL, where she volunteered with AmeriCorps for two years. She graduated high school in Carthage, IL.

The purpose of the Dakota Hospital Foundation Hannahs Family Endowment is to provide an annual scholarship for students accepted and currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs at the University of South Dakota. The scholarship is awarded to a student from the PT or OT programs on a rotating basis.

Wanda Hannahs was an employee of Sanford Vermillion who suffered a spinal cord injury after a car accident that left her quadriplegic. She spoke regularly to USD’s OT and PT students about her life, the accident, and the services she received.

Congratulations to all of these deserving scholarship recipients.

To learn more about Sanford Vermillion and Dakota Hospital Foundation, visit www.sanfordvermillion.org.

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