2017 Scholarship Awards


The Foundation for Community Care is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Healthcare Scholarships.  The scholarship program was established to help provide Richland County residents with continued access to quality healthcare professionals.

According to the Western Journal of Medicine, “Rural Americans have limited access to health care…{due to} the relative shortage of physicians in rural areas of the United States.  About 20% of the US population live in rural areas, but only 9% of the nation’s physicians practice in rural communities.”  This provider shortage is something the Foundation for Community Care would like to tackle as part of its healthcare scholarship focus.  “Many parts of Montana, particularly rural areas like ours, do not have a sufficient number of trained healthcare professionals.” Foundation Senior Executive, Gina Heckey said.  “These scholarship recipients are talented and dedicated to assisting with healthcare services right here—where we have the greatest need”. 

Every application reviewed by the Foundation scholarship committee was well thought out and qualified for funding, with a primary focus on retaining a well-trained group of Registered Nurses.  In a statement by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “You don’t get a lot of nurses moving to rural areas.  The nurses who will serve patients in rural setting today and into the forseeable future are likely to have grown up nearby.”  Many of the Foundation scholarships offer much needed financial assistance to current employees of Sidney Health Center who are looking to further their education.  “We strive to be not only the provider of choice for healthcare in the region, but also the employer of choice,” said Rick Haraldson, CEO of Sidney Health Center.  “When employees take the initiative to further their education thereby strengthening the future of healthcare in our area we do our best to support them,” Haraldson added.

Healthcare Scholarship Award Winners:

Tori Hill              Carroll College                       Family Practice (Pre-Med)                  $4,000.00

Sarah Farrow    NDSU-Fargo                          Registered Nurse                                $1,000.00

Bailee Fink        University of Mary                  Registered Nurse                                $750.00

Brianna Reid     University of Jamestown        Registered Nurse                                $750.00

Faith Vitt            MSU-Bozeman                      Registered Nurse                                $750.00

2017 was the third year for the Jessica Ann Vannatta scholarship specifically for educational career training.  Education and health have been closely tied, with children living longer, more productive lives when they have access to quality educational resources.  A strong K-12 education is also incredibly important in the ability to recruit and retain qualified healthcare professionals.  “This is just one more way the Foundation gives back to our community,” said Kristan Haugen, Foundation Board member, and chair of the scholarship committee.  “The Foundation for Community Care Scholarships increase the awareness of healthcare & educational career choices and cultivates a pool of qualified professionals that want to live and work in our area.” Haugen added.

Jessica Ann Vannatta Education Scholarship Award Winner:

Kortney Mayer   MSU-Billings              Elementary/Special Education                        $1,000.00

To donate to the Foundation’s Scholarship Funds, contact the staff at (406) 488-2273 or send your contribution to 221 2nd St. NW, Sidney, MT 59270.  Memorial gifts may also be given to the Scholarship Funds.  For more information please go to www.foundationforcommunitycare.org and follow us on Facebook for all the latest news and photos. 

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