St. Francis Auxiliary Scholarship Winners Announced

CHI Health St. Francis Auxiliary has announced its annual $1,000 scholarships for students planning a career in health care.

High school recipients included Kate McFarland of Grand Island Central Catholic and Trey Zessin of Wood River. Kaylee Lewis, a 2017 graduate of Doniphan-Trumbull High School and now an undergraduate in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, was the non-traditional/college recipient.

“We are pleased to be able to present scholarships to these seniors. We know they have bright futures ahead in the health sciences, and we can't wait to see what they do with their careers,” says Julie Gortemaker, Auxiliary president.

McFarland is planning to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney pursuing a degree in Medicine. She is a Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) alternate. Her extracurricular school activities included National Honor Society, Student Council, Big-Little Crusader Mentor Program, Sports, Musical and various school fundraisers.

McFarland’s service activities included St. Francis Hospital volunteer, Young Neighbors in Action Mission Trip and American Red Cross. She was also an Adrian Smith Young Advisory Council Representative, attended HOBY Youth Leadership Camp, received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award, and was Cornhusker Girls State Delegate.

Zessin plans to attend Wayne State and pursue a degree in Biology with future plans to attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He will be in the RHOP program. His extracurricular school activities included National Honor Society, Academic Quiz Bowl, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, Math Club, School Play and Musical, various sports and helped the school raise funds for new gym scoreboards.

Zessin’s service activities included helping with flood relief in Wood River, Stick Creek Kids and Habitat for Humanity. He is a Youth Leadership Tomorrow member and helped start the Youth Philanthropy Board of Hall County.

After completing her nursing program, Lewis’ future plans include becoming a nurse practitioner. She has been on the Dean’s List at UNL, is a member of the Student Nurses Association, Rural Health Club, Science Club and Love Your Melon. Lewis is currently working at Hillcrest Rehabilitation Center.

Scholarship requirements for student applicants, include:

  • Must be a graduating senior who is a Hall County resident or parent/guardian is a Hall County resident. Hall County residents that are non-traditional/college students are encouraged to apply.
  • Must attend an accredited university, college, vocational or community college in Nebraska and pursuing a degree or diploma in a health related occupation as a full-time student.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative High School GPA of 3.0, and ACT score of 20 or higher or a SAT score of 1000 or higher.

Since 2012, the CHI Health St. Francis Auxiliary $1,000 scholarship program has given over $18,000 to area students pursuing education towards careers in health care. Proceeds from the hospital’s gift shop in addition to Auxiliary sponsored fundraiser support this program. To apply for next year’s scholarship contact the Greater Grand Island Community Foundation.