In May, CHI St. Joseph’s Health awarded $9,500 in scholarships to 10 students in the Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka and Laporte communities.

The scholarship program is funded through the hospital’s annual Gathering on the Greens golf benefit, which also benefits the hospital foundation and Hospice Care. The purpose is to help area students who are pursuing healthcare careers and have an interest in rural healthcare.

Scholarships are also funded by donations from CHI St. Joseph’s Health employees and memorials honoring Brian Koria, a health unit coordinator and nursing assistant in the emergency department, and Laurie Hohnstadt, a nurse.

Receiving the $750 Brian Koria scholarship this year were Allie Edelman (Park Rapids Area High School) and Kiley Hamilton (Laporte High School).

Awarded this year’s $1,000 graduating senior scholarship were PRAHS graduates Brenna Behrens, Analise Smee and Ellie Ulvin; Menahga graduates Helen Pickar, Riley Aho and Mariah Skoog; Nevis graduate Sadie Thurner and Sebeka graduate Amanda Clasen.