WRHS Foundation Awards $16,000 in Scholarships

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Date: January 29, 2013
For Information Contact:
Annie McAllister, Marketing Specialist/WRHS
Phone: 870-262-6149
Fax: 870-262-1112
Email: amcallister@wrmc.com

WRHS Foundation Awards $16,000 in Scholarships

Batesville, Ark.—The White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation recently presented nursing scholarships totaling $16,000 to Jonathan Bruce, Melonie Koch, Toi McMullin, Amanda Scribner, and Marilyn Hall for continuing education and professional development.  The goal of the Foundation’s Scholarship Program is to help relieve the financial burden on employees seeking career advancement and encourage educational advancement to those dedicated to improving the patient experience.

Jon Bruce Melonie Koch Toi McMullin Amanda Scribner Marilyn Hall
From Left to Right: Jonathan Bruce, Melonie Koch, Toi McMullin, Amanda Scribner, Marilyn Hall.

The scholarships support nurses advancing their credentials to Registered Nurses (RN) and, for the first time ever, scholarships have been awarded to applicants seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program also supports the efforts of the organization to achieve Magnet designation from the American Nurse Credentialing Center. Scholarship recipients were required to submit an application and essay. A committee of nurse leaders chose finalists focusing on WRHS behavioral standards: attitude, courtesy, prompt response, commitment to co-workers, communication, appearance, leadership, and honesty, as well as educational preparation. Applicants then went through an interview with the selection committee.

Jonathan Bruce of Batesville is the recipient of the Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship, established by Dick and the late Bonnie Bernard in 1996. Mrs. Bernard worked as an RN at White River Medical Center (WRMC) from 1986 until her death in 2004. The Bernards established the scholarship because, as a nurse, Bonnie worked with many qualified and motivated nurses who were unable to advance their career due to financial issues and family commitments. For 17 years the Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship has provided LPNs a chance to grow both professionally and personally.

Bruce joined the staff at WRMC in 2010 and currently works in the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). He plans to advance his degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. He loves his family and serving his church, where he is very active; and he enjoys helping others. Bruce knew that nursing was a profession he wanted to pursue after interacting with the nurses when he and his wife had their first son. He realized then that nursing would allow him to fulfill his passion for helping others.

Melonie Ann Koch of Cave City is the recipient of the Carl and Amy Shaver Nursing Scholarship. Amy Shaver founded this scholarship in 2007 with her husband, the late Carl Shaver. For many years, the Shavers generously donated their time to volunteering and serving on boards at WRMC, an offering that Amy still continues today as an active volunteer at WRMC and a member on the WRHS Foundation Board. The Carl and Amy Shaver Nursing Scholarship goes to a nurse pursuing a career as an RN.

Melonie Koch has been employed by WRMC since 2007, where she is currently a preceptor on the 3rd floor. She has been an LPN since 1994. After obtaining her RN licensure, Koch plans to obtain her BSN. Koch, who is active in her church and enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, describes nursing as a career that offers excitement, challenge, and the opportunity to give.

This year, the WRHS Foundation offered three BSN scholarships to recipients who have an RN licensure and are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The recipients of the WRHS Foundation BSN Scholarships are Toi McMullin, Amanda Scribner, and Marilyn Hall.

Toi McMullin of Batesville has been employed at WRMC since 2005. Toi was also a recipient of the Madelyn R. Pierce Memorial LPN to RN Scholarship in 2007. She currently works in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department educating patients on cardiovascular disease. She is obtaining her BSN degree from the University of Texas at Arlington Academic partnership online program. Her inspiration to further her degree comes from the desire to provide the best possible care to patients and from the Maya Angelou quote, “people forget what you say, people forget what you do, but people will never forget how you make them feel.”

Amanda Scribner of Magness began her career with WRMC in 2006. She is obtaining her BSN degree from the University of Texas at Arlington Academic partnership online program. In 2010, Scribner received a Foundation scholarship to further her education from LPN to RN. Her current duties include serving as charge nurse, precepting, and providing bedside patient care. Amanda believes it is important to always strive to continue education in order to provide the best possible patient care.

Marilyn Hall of Sidney has also been with WRMC since 2006. She plans to obtain her BSN degree from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. She currently works as a Registered Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and was recently assigned Interim Clinical Manager. Hall believes that nurses lead the way in educating patients about their health and disease prevention.

The White River Health System Foundation was established twenty years ago to provide a means for charitable giving to support the present and future needs of White River Health System. Since beginning the scholarship program in 1996, WRHS has awarded a total of $157,455 to 58 recipients. The WRHS Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to its mission.

WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, rural health clinics, and primary care and specialty physician offices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.

Every gift to the WRHS Foundation helps White River Health System achieve its mission of providing outstanding healthcare services and programs to the citizens of North Central Arkansas. For more information about the WRHS Foundation and how your gifts can make a difference, call 870-262-1225.