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Lakeland Health Foundation Reaches $1 Million Mark in Scholarships Awarded
(ST. JOSEPH) – At its annual scholarship reception, the Lakeland Health Foundation, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, provided grants and scholarships to individuals and departments through the Allied Health Careers Scholarship program. The Foundation had added reason for celebration this year, as the grand total of scholarships and grants awarded over the past 16 years surpassed $1 million, given to more than 900 individuals.

Each scholarship is designed to advance educational opportunities for Lakeland HealthCare professionals and for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Their improved knowledge and skills have touched many lives as they continue to provide exceptional healthcare for our community.

“The grants and scholarships provided by area residents and organizations represent a $1 million investment toward advancing healthcare in our region, and we thank you for making a difference,” said Michelle Seymour, President of the Lakeland Health Foundations and Director of Development for Lakeland HealthCare. “The success of this program is due to its unique partnership of community members and Lakeland HealthCare professionals, with the common goal of ensuring a healthy future for southwest Michigan.”

This year, 22 departments and 49 associates received more than $75,500 in scholarships. The Foundation recognized eight local high school students and volunteers who have chosen healthcare as their area of study as they begin their college careers.

Individual scholarship recipients and their hometowns are:
Benton Harbor
Rita Brandt
Francisca Guest
Melanie Hardin
Angela Haynes
Lekisha Herron
Ashley Hubbard
Jasmine Jones
Victoria Laster
Raine
Shane Robbins
Erin Russell
Precious Smith

Berrien Springs
Gertrude Mumba
Kofi Oppong
Sandra Place
Veronica Sekesan
April Slater
Kimberly Smith

Bridgman
Steven Schmeling

Buchanan
Lori Blake

Cassopolis
Barbara Miller

Coloma
Judith Neuman
Melissa Schemenauer

Covert
Theresa Sawyer

Dowagiac
Kamoka Castaneda

New Carlisle, Indiana
Tiffany Jones

Niles
Caren Rossow

Paw Paw
David Middleton

Sawyer
Torey Klint

South Bend
Beatrice Odemba

St. Joseph
Angela Cayo
Lynn Cook
Laura Crossman
Jennifer Dowell
Melisa Gathchell
Jennifer Graham
Kathy Noah
Michael Rushlow
Terri Rushlow
Abigail Skerritt

Stevensville
Aimee Leigh Busick
Linda Fischer
Daniel Kunde
Diana Romeo

Watervliet
Amy Grier
Mary Kraklau

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