The Fairview Lakes Auxiliary on June 11 presented scholarships valued at $16,000 to students pursuing health care careers and three student service cash awards to medical center volunteers.
This marks the 51st year that health care scholarships have been awarded.
For the past seven years, the Albrecht family has sponsored a $1,000 scholarship in memory of their father, Dr. Harold Albrecht, the first chief of staff of the former Chisago Lakes Hospital, and his wife Joyce, a volunteer and hospital hostess for 35 years. The Albrecht Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a post-secondary accredited health career program. This year’s recipient, Breanne Mordorski, is enrolled at Albert Einstein Medical School in Bronx, N.Y. A graduate of Forest Lake High School, she is the daughter of Richard and Christine Mordorski of Forest Lake and volunteered in the Emergency Department at Fairview Lakes Medical Center as a high school student.
Love Lights Scholarships ($1,000) are presented annually by the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary to students pursuing careers in health care. The scholarships are funded through the annual Love Lights holiday tree lighting program. This year two Love Lights scholarships were presented. The first recipient is Amy Odendahl, daughter of Brian and Sue Odendahl of Pine City. She graduated from Pine City High School and is currently a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a degree as a pediatric physical therapist.
The second Love Lights Scholarship winner is Amanda Studt, a recent graduate of North Branch Area High School. She joined the Lakes EMS Explorers group last fall and is working toward becoming a first responder. The daughter of Steve and JoAnne Studt of North Branch, Studt will attend Anoka Ramsey Community College in Cambridge beginning her studies to become a nurse or emergency medical technician.
Steve Housh, president of Fairview Lakes Medical Center, presented two $1,000 scholarships on behalf of the medical center to students pursuing careers in health care. Haley Schmidt, a 2011 graduate of Pine City High School and the daughter of Kami Schmidt, is a third-year recipient of the FLMC scholarship. She has completed her sophomore year and will return this fall to St. Olaf College pursuing a degree in pediatric clinical psychology.
The second Fairview Lakes Medical Center Scholarship winner is Amanda Angel, daughter of Todd and Terri Angel of Taylors Falls. A 2011 graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, she also received this scholarship last year. Angel has completed her junior year at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, where she is preparing for medical school. She plans to pursue a career as a family medicine physician.
The $1,000 Leah Hillesheim Scholarships are awarded annually in health care in honor of former administrator of the District Memorial Hospital, Leah Hillesheim. The scholarship is funded by the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary from funds raised through the annual Bike, Walk, Run and Roll event. All monies raised through this project are returned to the community in the form of scholarships. This year five $1,000 scholarships were awarded.
Nicholas Sausen, son of Joe and Geri Sausen of North Branch was the first recipient of a Leah Hillesheim scholarship. He has graduated from North Branch Area High School and the University of Minnesota, and he is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School, hoping to specialize in pediatrics or neurology. Sausen has served on West African Medical Missions, and this September will do malaria research in Uganda.
The second Leah Hillesheim scholarship was awarded to Kathleen Dunsmore, daughter of Richard and Cynthia Dunsmore of Forest Lake. She graduated this May from North Dakota State University in Fargo, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. This fall she begins studies in the Physician Assistant Program at Bethel University in St. Paul.
The third Leah Hillesheim scholarship recipient, Abigail Meyer, is a 2013 Forest Lake High School graduate and the daughter of Patricia Meyer of Wyoming. She plans to attend Winona State University to pursue a nursing degree. Meyer was in the first EMT (emergency medical technician) class at the Forest Lake High School this past school year. Fairview Lakes Medical Center partnered with the high school to provide a clinical setting and exposure to emergency room patients for EMT students. Meyer has already passed the national registry exam and is a full-fledged EMT.
Leah Hillesheim Scholarship recipient Laura Monson, a graduate of Chisago Lakes High School, has completed one year at Minnesota State University-Mankato where she plans to begin the nursing program this fall. Monson hopes to work as a labor and delivery nurse. She is the daughter of Kevin and Karen Monson of Lindstrom.
The fifth Leah Hillesheim Scholarship recipient is Jeremy Reller, son of Mark and Heidi Reller of Wyoming. A 2013 graduate of Forest Lake High School, he plans to attend St. John’s University in Collegeville this fall and eventually complete a degree in pharmacy at the University of Minnesota.
The Cindy Lynch Scholarships are given to adults returning to school to pursue and advance their health care careers. The awards are given in memory of Cindy Lynch, a former RN at District Memorial Hospital and Fairview Lakes Medical Center, and are sponsored by Cindy’s husband, Mike Lynch.
The first winner of the Cindy Lynch scholarship is Denise Wolf of Mora. A certified medical assistant for the past 23 years, Wolf has been employed at the Fairview Clinic in Rush City since 1999. She is attending Rochester Community and Technical College, pursuing a health information technology degree.
The second winner of the Cindy Lynch Scholarship is Abigail Ament of Scandia. She is attending National American University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Since 2006, Ament has been employed at Rebecca’s Residence at Haven Chemical Health in Scandia where she helps women who struggle with addiction.
The $1,000 Donald Ferguson Scholarship is awarded annually in memory of former Chisago Lakes Hospital Administrator Donald Ferguson. This year’s recipient is Allison Alldritt, daughter of Tom and Liz Aldritt of Chisago City. She graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in 2010 and is currently a student at Rasmussen College in Blaine studying to become a certified medical assistant. Alldritt plans to finish the program in December of this year and then go on to earn a Bachelors of Science in nursing.
The $1,000 Elizabeth Ferguson Scholarship is awarded to a Chisago Lakes High School graduate who plans to pursue a nursing or health care career. Proceeds from the Lindstrom Loppet 5K help support this scholarship. This year’s winner is Abigail Nelson, the daughter of Brad and Cindy Nelson of Wyoming. She plans to attend Bethel University this fall to pursue a nursing degree.
This is the sixth year that a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was presented to a student pursuing a medical career by North Metro Anesthesia in memory of long-time nurse anesthetist, Ken Shea. This year’s recipient, Alexandra Madsen, lives in North Branch with her parents, John and Debra Madsen, and is a 2013 graduate of North Branch High School. This fall she will begin her studies at the College of Saint Benedict and hopes to become a pharmacist.
The $1,000 Carl and Victoria Lindberg Scholarship is presented annually to a student from the Chisago Lakes, Wyoming or North Branch area pursuing a career in health care. The Lindberg family has sponsored this scholarship for the past 24 years in memory of Carl and Victoria, long-time residents of the Chisago Lakes community.
The Lindberg’s granddaughter Karen Wennberg presented the scholarship on behalf of her family to Jeannette Wallen. She lives in Wyoming with her daughter and is currently employed as a personal care attendant for Caring Professionals Homecare. She is working to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing with the potential for a master’s degree with a focus on public health.
During the program, three students who have served as volunteers at Fairview Lakes Medical Center received the Donna Mathias Student Service Award to assist them in furthering their education. They were Brianna Boland, Jennifer Dobias and Marisa Heilig.