2020-2021 College of Allied Health and Nursing Scholarship Recipients

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Thanks to our generous donors, 88 students in the College of Allied Health and Nursing received $167,400 to support their big ideas for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Thank you to all the donors who help make education more affordable for so many of our dedicated students. And, congratulations to our current scholarship recipients: 

College-Wide Scholarships

College of Allied Health and Nursing Foundation Scholarship

Recipients: Alyssa Edmonson, Sarita Hook, Sarah Longtin, Emily Schiltz, Kassidy Steinbach

Don and Martha Huron Hope Scholarship

Recipient: Prerana Khatri KC


Dental Hygiene Scholarships

Department of Dental Hygiene Scholarship

Recipient: Alyssa Edmonson

Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumni Foundation Scholarship

Recipients: Alyssa Edmonson, Kayla Leerar, Rose McDonald, Tiffany Taylor, Rachel Wangen, Alyssa Zenz

Dr. Deborah O’Keefe Strand Endowment

Recipients: Meghann Reedy, Lindsay Wagner


Family Consumer Science Scholarships

Family Consumer Science (FCS) Education Scholarship

The FCS Education Scholarship was created in 2014 to recognize one FCS Education student at Minnesota State University, Mankato who demonstrates high levels of responsibility, leadership, motivation, communication skills, ability to work with others, potential for professional growth, and excellence in many facets of student life including academics and extracurricular activities relative to the field of FACS Education. This scholarship is funded by the annual proceeds of the “FACS to the Max” Conference held in the Department of Family Consumer Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Supporters of this conference are FCS professionals, alumni, students and faculty.

Recipient: Sarah Nielsen

Family Consumer Science Department Scholarship Endowment

Recipient: Jordyn Bey

Fern Snure Williams and Howard Williams Endowment

Recipient: Natasha Minar

Lydia Gens Keitzer Endowment

Recipient: Taylor Nixt

Grace Keir Family Consumer Science Scholarship

Recipients: Lacey Lundholm, Susan Simonis

Mary Jean Metag Scholarship Endowment

Recipient: Amanda Montplaisir

Robert and Marcy Irby Scholarship

Marcy lrby is a 1970 graduate of Mankato State College. After a year at Bemidji State College, she went on to complete a degree in Home Economics Education with a speech minor. Seeking to further her education, she attended Kansas State University to earn a M. S. in Home Economics in 1976. Ten years later, Marcy returned to Mankato State College to earn an Elementary Education degree. After 36 years in education, ranging from preschool to high school, Marcy retired from teaching in 2010. Marcy and her husband Robert met at Mankato State College and were married in Mankato on July 17, 1971. It is her pleasure to provide a scholarship for an FCS student interested in teaching.

Recipient: Kassidy Steinbach


Health Science Scholarships

Health Science Scholarship

The Health Science Scholarship is annual scholarship created as a result of generous donations from Health Science faculty, alumni, and friends. It is awarded to undergraduate student making successful progress toward the completion of a major in Alcohol and Drug Studies, Community Health Education, Health and Physical Education, or School Health Education.

Recipient: Kylie Hoese

Eta Sigma Gamma Endowment

Recipient: Chelsey Bad Moccasin

John & Delores Pfau Alcohold And Drug Studies Program Endowed Scholarship

Recipient: Griffin Hart

Johanna M. Weblemoe Scholarship

Recipients: Isla Ekstam, Kayla Rinderknecht


Human Performance Scholarships

Clem W. Thompson Physical Education Endowment

Recipient: Taryn Adams

Colonel Emma E. Vogel Endowment

Recipients: Emily Peterson, Emily Schiltz

Dennis Erie Sport Management Scholarship

Recipient: Courtney Scherbring

The Dr. Mardy Buck Developmental Adaptive Physical Education (DAPE) Endowment

Recipients: Seth Nilsen, Leah Olson, Haley Schaaf

G.L. “Gordy” Graham Athletic Training Endowment

Recipient: Briana Sieve

Roy Moore Physical Education Leadership Endowment

Recipient: Natalie Ryan

Vi Holbrook Endowment PE Graduate Scholarship

Recipient: Patrick Doll


Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services Scholarships

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Recipient: Amber Page

Dr. Joanne Ardolf Decker Scholarship

Recipient: Brittany Kelley

Don and Pat Buchanan Scholarship

Don founded the Recreation, Parks Administration and Leisure Services program at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1970.  In 2017, he and Pat established an endowment fund to support a scholarship for a student majoring in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services, reflecting the RPLS program he established.  He was the department chairperson from 1970-1976.  In 1976, he was named Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation/Human Performance, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.  This scholarship recognizes the pivotal role Don played in this department’s history.  In 2018, Pat established an additional RPLS scholarship for RPLS students.  Pat remains very active in supporting the university and the students.

Recipient: Sierra Hietala


Speech, Hearing & Rehabilitation Services Scholarships

Dr. C. Esco Obermann Rehabilitation Counseling Endowment

Recipients: Kelly Perkins, Anna Jinkerson

JW Chiou Memorial Scholarship

The JW Chiou Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to support students who are admitted to Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Graduate Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The scholarship is offered to a new graduate student in recognition of the student's academic and clinical excellence and community service. All new graduate students who are admitted to the CSD program are eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is dedicated to honor Dr. JW Chiou who was a university scholar and expert in the field of Education for more than 40 years in Taiwan.

Recipient: Jordan Anderson

Mabel Hazel Swanson Scholarship

Recipient: Riya Arora

Pennington Communication Sciences and Disorders Scholarship

Recipient: Lexis Arnold


School of Nursing Scholarships

Brett Anderson Nursing Leadership Scholarship

Brett Anderson is a 2011 graduate of the School of Nursing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Brett now leads Ecumen-wide health care services as the Vice President of Nursing Services for Ecumen.   He also served as adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University and an Instructor at Saint Paul College.  He has a Master's of Science degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from Metro State University.  As a Registered Nurse, certified Public Health Nurse, and board-certified Nurse Executive, Brett wanted to give back to students who show an interest in senior care and health care leadership.

Recipient: Karissa Stika

Clarice Joan Amundson Nursing Endowment

Recipients: Morgan Steele, Morgan Schabert, Olivia Grassel

David Schober Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Recipient: Sonny Yang

Dr. Donald and Marjorie Meredith Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Recipients: Lauren Borell, Isabelle Nocton, Natasha Nett

Dr. Walter & Lorna E. Zettler Memorial Endowed Scholarship Endowment

Recipient: Prerana Khatri KC

Elsa Johansen Natvig Endowment

Recipient: Corinne Koffi

Florence Nightingale Scholarship of the Mankato Area Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Scholarship of the Mankato Area Foundation is to support a non-traditional student for a two-year, post-secondary scholarship who has been accepted into the nursing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Recipients: Sasha Gay Lynch, Gao Ja Yang

Gertrude Jane Timmerman O’Neill School of Nursing Endowment

Recipient: Lynsey Rohlfing

Golden Jubilee Scholarship Endowment

Recipient: Landon Brown

Helen C. & Helmer J. Nilson Memorial Endowment

Recipients: Laura Bautch, Madeline Youngstrand

Jean Marie Berquist Scholarship

Recipient: Jordan Reinhart

Kenneth W. Case Nursing Scholarship

Kenneth W. Case was a working man who had an innate ability to build and fix almost anything, using this skill to help anyone in need.  Kenneth had a gentle heart, believed in kindness, loved a good football game, and is known for his love of history and world events.  When unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV liver cancer, Kenneth and his family turned to hospice caregivers to find comfort and support on Kenneth’s final journey.  To extend Kenneth’s legacy of kindness to others, his daughter, Dr. Marilyn Swan, and the Case family, established the Kenneth W. Case Nursing Scholarship to support pre-licensure nursing students with a practice interest in end-of-life care through a hospice or long-term care. 

Recipient: Camryn Schiro

Lillian Crawford Endowment

Recipient: Cara Behrends

LuVern and Bess Penn Endowment

Recipients: Taylor Chadderdon, Samya Gelal, Victoria Masker 

Lynn Wetherbee and William C. Weese MD Nursing Scholarship Fund

Recipients: Sasha Gay Lynch, Oluwapelumi Solomon

May and John Gilles Nursing Scholarship Endowment

May and John Gilles valued higher education, and each of them led lives of service to others.  May was trained as an R.N. at St. Alexius School of Nursing in Bismark, N.D., through the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a program created to address the shortage of nurses in World War II.  May practiced nursing for 20 years, serving hospitals in Detroit and Minneapolis.  Following the family’s move to Mankato, May volunteered for the American Red Cross and worked as a private nurse.  In addition, May was a dedicated volunteer in the Mankato community. John served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and afterward spent his career with the U.S. Postal Service, serving as leader in his local postal workers union and a volunteer in his church and community.  In retirement, John served as president of the Mankato chapter of National Association of Retired Federal Employees, treasurer of the South Central Senior Federation, and as a tax preparer at Summit Senior Center.  He and May delivered Meals on Wheels for 22 years.  May and Johns’ daughter, Jane Gilles, a Minnesota State University, Mankato alum, established this endowment to honor her parents’ memory and to extend their legacy of service to others.

Recipient: Saimin Huang

Bill and Lou Schroeder Scholarship

Recipient: Hanim Mohammed

Nicholas Allen Memorial School of Nursing Scholarship

Recipients: Samantha Davis, Megan Feltmann

Family Nurse Practitioner student scholarship (CVS Health Foundation)

Recipient: Caitlin Walchonski

Melba Leichsenring Nursing Endowment

Recipient: Allison Reeder

Nancy Schaffler Henry Endowed Scholarship

Recipient: Courtney Anderson

Patrick Willette Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Recipient: Dorcus Nabakanga

Robert, Jean, Linus & Michael Schramski Endowment

Recipients: Makenna Hogan, Yazmin Zamora

Wanda-Mae Wyndle Nursing Endowment

Recipients: Olivia Grassel, Anita Khatri 

Becky Taylor Fellowships

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students can apply for Becky Taylor Fellowships through the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society. This fellowship supports education, practice, and translational research focused on improving family and societal health. Funding can be used for tuition, fees, DNP clinical practice projects, and/or cost of living expenses. Fellowships will be awarded based on available resources and application materials. 

Recipients: Nkeiru Adoga,  Julie Miller, Chelsi Esqueda, Tiffany Gordon, Lauren Lehmkuhl, Nyeba Manston-Dunbar,Sarah Ogilvie, Rochelle Perry, Cy Schweiss 

Becky Taylor Scholarship

Recipient: Rogers Mauti, Madeline Youngstrand