Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation Announces Scholarships And Grants

More than $75,000 in grants and scholarships have been announced by the Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation. Interim President Melinda Gruber tells WSJM News $26,000 is in the form of 26 scholarships to team members and students for education, and $48,000 is in the form of grants to support continuing education for Lakeland team members.

“We’re investing in our team members and the youth in our community with the hope they will remain in Michigan’s great southwest as healthcare providers within our system” Gruber said.

Gruber says the education funding was announced during a virtual celebration in June.

“The virtual event was just a great opportunity to recognize many of our team members who are pursuing additional education, but also to honor outstanding leadership during the last 18 months.”

For more than 25 years, the Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to Lakeland team members, departments, and volunteers. It’s possible thanks to endowments from supporters.

Photo caption: L to R – Lowell Hamel, MD, chief operating officer; Bridget Demler, MHA, MSN, RN, intensive care unit nurse manager; Natalie Baggio, MBA, BSN, RN, senior vice president, patient care services and chief nursing executive; Loren B. Hamel, MD, president, Spectrum Health Lakeland

A list of the grant and scholarship recipients is below:

Spectrum Health Lakeland team members and area students (listed by their hometowns) who received scholarships through the foundation include:

Benton Harbor

Kaitlyn Eichler, Growth & Achievement Scholarship

Freda Steed, The G. Clemens Theisen Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Berrien Springs

Azra Totobesola, Bill & Golda Madison Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Buchanan

Kristen Johnson, Lucille Beebe Coles Healthcare Educational Endowment

 

Coloma

Alyssa Hobson, The Walter B. Laetz Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Jaidyn Hutsell, The James W. Tiscornia Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Galien

Traci Payne, Allan & Vera Buckalew Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Niles

Annelise Bedell, Niles College Scholarship

Marshall Grathwohl, Norman P. Beebe Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Miriam Karengo, The Walter B. Laetz Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Madison Millar, Niles College Scholarship

Portage

Allyson Hughes, The Victor Palenske Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Sawyer

Luke Linscheid, Ruth Frobel Memorial Nursing Scholarship

St. Joseph

Asad Butt, MD John Proos, MD Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Cook, Spectrum Health Lakeland Family Scholarship

Bridget Demler, Leo Soorus Leadership Award

Victoria Felton, The Joseph A. Wasserman Scholarship

Heidi Fox, The William E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Heidi Harrell, Deborah Lynn Griffin Memorial Scholarship

Libbee Nason, Spectrum Health Lakeland Family Scholarship

Ashley Schlipp, Spectrum Health Lakeland Family Scholarship

Jordan Smith, Lester Tiscornia Memorial Endowment Fund

Elise Vogelwede, Spectrum Health Lakeland Volunteers Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Stevensville

Kara Eversole, Growth & Achievement Scholarship

Union Pier

Courtney Dixon, The G. Clemens Theisen Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

South Bend, IN

Dorcas Hodges, Frederick S. Upton Foundation Memorial Nursing Scholarship