The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising entity of Mid-Columbia
Medical Center, recently awarded scholarships to 17 nursing students from
around the Gorge.
The Nursing Scholarship Committee is comprised of Celeste Hill-Thomas,
MCMC’s Executive Director of Outreach, Communication and Health
Foundation; Chief Nursing Officer Donald Wenzler; Health Foundation board
member Amy Sugg; retired nurse and former board member Pam Clausen; and
community members Brook Remington and Paul Halliday.
In total, $12,500 was awarded with scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,500
to the following students: Jessy Adams, Holly Flory, Jeremy Fogle, Charles
Gillingham, Guillermo Heredia, Christie Hessler, Robin Jackson, Karen
Jesch, Diana Lachino Pinon, Briana Magana, Jessika Nanez, Shana Pepper,
Deidra Sabedra, Jaime Sullivan, Andrea Walker, Emma Weir and Jessica Ziemer.
The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation offers several scholarships including
the Non-Traditional Nursing Student Scholarship in honor of Pam Clausen,
the Evelyn Kaser Nursing Scholarship in memory of Evelyn Kaser, and the
Lorna & Joseph Halliday Family Nursing Scholarship in memory of long-time
nurse Lorna Halliday and her husband Joseph.
“Donors make these scholarships possible,” said Hill-Thomas.
“Our mission is to provide access to quality healthcare for our
community. Investing in the education of nursing students is one of the
many ways we do that.”
Applications for scholarships are due in July with awards each fall. For
more information on scholarships through the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation,
541-296-7275 or visit