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Three area students receive 2014 St. Claire Foundation scholarships

Foundation news | Monday, July 28, 2014
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MOREHEAD, Ky. – Three former Rowan County Senior High School graduates are the recipients of 2014 scholarships from the St. Claire Foundation.

David Jordan Bentley and Jonathan Stacy will each receive $750 Sister Mary Jeannette Wess, SND, Scholarships. Abigail Hall is the recipient of this year’s $1,000 Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship.

Bentley is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Kentucky and plans to work in mental health.

“I find other people very interesting, their habits and tendencies. I wanted to help people, to have meaning in my life,” Bentley said. “The need for mental health services both in a hospital setting and in an outpatient setting cannot be overstated. I found the demand for mental health services in eastern Kentucky surprising and nearly overwhelming.” Stacy is a student at Morehead State University. Nearly four years ago, his leg was so severely injured in a car accident that he was told he might never be able to walk again. But after successful rehabilitation, Stacy decided to pursue a career in physical therapy.

“My therapists at the St. Claire Outpatient Center impacted my life and rehabilitation dramatically,” he said. “I hope to one day be able to make the same difference in other people’s lives.”

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.

Hall is pursuing a degree in Radiologic Science from MSU. Her goal is to work in either a children’s hospital or an oncology facility.

“My dream has always been to work with one of these departments in order to comfort those who are ill,” Hall said. “I would like to stay in the Appalachia area to give back to my community where I grew up.”

The Richard J. Bausch Family Scholarship is funded by an endowment that was established in memory of the father of Greg 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.