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Lakeland Health Foundation, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Awards Scholarships

Lakeland Health Foundation, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Awards Scholarships

(ST. JOSEPH) – Through the Allied Health Careers Scholarship program, the Lakeland Health Foundation, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph provided nearly $95,000 in grants and scholarships this year. Each scholarship helps advance educational opportunities for Lakeland HealthCare professionals and for students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. Over the past 22 years, Lakeland Health Foundations have awarded over $1 million in scholarships and grants to Lakeland associates, departments, and volunteers.
“We are very grateful to the generous friends of Lakeland who have selflessly contributed funds, making it possible for the Foundation to award scholarships and grants each year,” said David Burghart, Vice President of Philanthropy and President of Lakeland Health Foundations. “Through the creation of memorials and other endowed funds, Lakeland associates are advancing their clinical skills for providing exemplary care to our community.”

Leo Soorus Leadership Award Recipients
During the scholarship ceremony in late June, Loren B. Hamel, MD, President & CEO of Lakeland HealthCare, presented associates Walt Pullins and Jim Schlaman with the Leo Soorus Leadership Award for their exemplary leadership qualities.
Pullins, the Director of Facilities Management at Lakeland Healthcare, received recognition for continually encouraging his employees to strive for the highest possible achievements and for his dedication toward improving patient and healthcare worker safety.
Schlaman, the Executive Director of Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care at Lakeland HealthCare, was honored for exemplifying servant leadership, compassion, and for his hard work in bringing the Pine Ridge facility to fruition.
The leadership award and grant, developed through the Lakeland Health Foundations, honor Soorus’ many contributions to southwest Michigan. Throughout his career as a Lakeland executive, Soorus volunteered countless hours and led many community and professional organizations.
Lakeland associates and area students (listed by their hometowns) who received scholarships through the Lakeland Health Foundation, Benton Harbor/St. Joseph include:

Baroda
Margaret Berndt, Walter Laetz Allied Health Career Scholarship
Susan Tefs, James W. Tiscornia Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Benton Harbor
Zaundra Cooper, Joseph A. Wasserman Allied Health Scholarship
Lisa Davis, Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Scholarship
Stefawn Golliday, Ruth Frobel Nursing Scholarship
Suzanne Howard, Bill and Golda Madison Scholarship Award
April Slater, Victor Palenske Scholarship

Berrien Springs
Susan Gumbo, Victor Palenske Scholarship
Austin Mays, Victor Palenske Scholarship
Camille Stacey, James W. Tiscornia Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Shannon Walsh, James W. Tiscornia Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Elizabeth Wedde, Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Scholarship
Jenna Wyant, Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Scholarship

Coloma
Katrina Hankins, Allan & Vera Buckalew Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Carri McCarthy, Ruth Frobel Nursing Scholarship
Debora Tenter, G. Clemens Theisen Scholarship

Decatur
Michael Marhanka, Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Scholarship

Dowagiac
Molly Lange, James W. Tiscornia Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Eau Claire
Connie Harmon, William E. Johnson Scholarship Award

Hartford
Loretta Cross, Frederick S. Upton Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Rebecca Dill, Arnie Wiatrowski Scholarship
Brooke Heater, Arnie Wiatrowski Scholarship

Holt
Danielle Kittle, Walter Laetz Allied Health Career Scholarship

Niles
Felicity Baker, Bill and Golda Madison Scholarship Award
Kaitlyn Jordan, Lucy Bel Mayer Nursing Scholarship
Janie Kiester, Whirlpool Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Amanda Racht, Ruth Frobel Nursing Scholarship

St. Joseph
Kortney Berry, Allan & Vera Buckalew Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Catherine Clarey-Sanford, G. Clemens Theisen Scholarship
Catherine Coultes, Ruth Frobel Nursing Scholarship
Samuel Felton, Joseph A. Wasserman Allied Health Scholarship
Madelina Goia, G. Clemens Theisen Scholarship
Jared Knuth, Lakeland Family Scholarship
Pamela Kurtz, Bill and Golda Madison Scholarship Award
Nancy Lawrence, Allan & Vera Buckalew Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Ryan Leahy, Walter Laetz Allied Health Career Scholarship
Kaelyn Lewis, Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Scholarship
Angela Wright, G. Clemens Theisen Scholarship

South Haven
Carly Gruber, Walter Laetz Allied Health Career Scholarship

Stevensville
Sarah Ashen, G. Clemens Theisen Scholarship
Jasmine Haynes, Jack & Fredda Sparks Healthcare Educational Opportunities Endowment
Anna Peden, Lakeland Family Scholarship
Stephen Schultz, Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Scholarship
Stephanie Starks, Walter Laetz Allied Health Career Scholarship

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