The Kansas Hospital Association has announced the successful completion of the 10th annual Health-Care Scholarship Program through the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation.


 The Kansas Hospital Association has announced the successful completion of the 10th annual Health-Care Scholarship Program through the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation. In addition to 11 KHERF scholarships, the Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association and the Kansas Association of Health-Care Executives provided seven additional scholarships for a total of 18 scholarship recipients and 18 alternates.
The KHERF Scholarship Review Committee reviewed 161 applications from 111 individuals.
Eighteen individuals have been awarded scholarships to assist in pursuing excellence in their health-care careers, including Malea Gonzalez, Master in Public Health, Allied Health Category, Newton Medical Center.
This year’s scholarship amounts are:
n Allied Health — two $500 scholarships
n Nursing — three $800 scholarships
n Master/Doctorate — four $850 scholarships
n Faculty — two $850 scholarships
n Kansas Association of Health-Care Executives — six $500 scholarships
n Kansas Hospital Human Resources Association — one $500 scholarship
Eighteen individuals were chosen as honorable mention awardees, including Marlene R. Pietrocola, RN, MSN, MBA, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Master/Doctorate Category, Asbury Park.
Each application was reviewed by two members of the Scholarship Review Committee according to established criterion. The highest scoring applicants for each category became finalists and were reviewed by the entire committee.
The Kansas Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association of health-care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. KHA membership includes 210 member facilities, of which 127 are full-service community hospitals.
Founded in 1910, KHA maintains its vision of “an organization of hospitals working together to improve access, quality and the affordability of health care for all Kansans,” a news release stated.
The Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation has served as the administrative partner for many of the KHA’s creative initiatives.
KHERF’s vision is to be a recognized leader and partner in community-based health delivery solutions that work with values of effective leadership, shared knowledge and leveraged resources guiding the projects and initiatives undertaken, a news release stated.
KHERF administers projects addressing needs in the areas of health-care workforce, rural health, emergency preparedness and health professional education. Through these programs, KHERF has leveraged more than $20 million in grants and other funding for community hospitals in Kansas.