Three college students from Northeast Kentucky are receiving scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year from the St. Claire Foundation. Brittany Counts of Olive Hill and Jennifer McRoberts of Flemingsburg will each receive $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, SND, Scholarships. And, Jonathan Stacy of Morehead is the recipient of this year's $1,000 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship.
Counts and McRoberts are both SCR staff members who are nearing completion of degrees at Morehead State University. Counts is pursuing a career in nursing with a minor in psychology. McRoberts is completing her RN-BSN degree.
"I have always, no matter what, wanted to help people," Counts said. "I love the aspect of the mind and how it works, which is why I decided to minor in psychology."
"Nurses at the baccalaureate level not only understand the care given but the reasoning behind the care selected due to evidence based practice," McRoberts said of her pursuit of an RN-BSN degree.
Established in 1995, the Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, SND, Health Education Fund is named in honor of St. Claire Regional Medical Center's third President/CEO. Students from the SCR service region who are entering at least their junior year of college may apply for this scholarship.
Stacy, the Bausch Scholarship recipient, graduated from Rowan County Senior High School in June. A year earlier, he was thrown through the windshield in a car accident and lost two-thirds of a calf muscle.
Doctors told him that he might lose his leg or perhaps not walk again. He overcame the odds and will be playing baseball at the University of Pikeville, where he will study biology and then pursue a degree in physical therapy.
"Because of my experiences and the things I have witnessed this past year, my career choice was a no-brainer," Stacy said. "Being a physical therapist will allow me to help people who are in similar situations to mine."
The Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship is funded by an endowment that was established in memory of the father of Gregory Bausch, PharmD, SCR Vice President and COO, St. Claire Medical Group. To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must be a pre-professional health sciences student and a resident of an Appalachian county as defined by the federal government.
Richard J. Bausch Recipient Photo: (left to right) SCR COO and Vice President, Morehead Medical Group Gregory Bausch, PharmD, 2011 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship recipient Jonathan Stacy, and SCR President/CEO Mark J. Neff.