2014 WRHS Foundation Scholarships Awarded

Batesville, Ark – The White River Health System Foundation (WRHSF) presented scholarships totaling a record $27,500 to eight WRHS employees continuing their education and professional development. The goal of the Foundation’s Scholarship Program is to relieve the financial burden on employees seeking career advancement and encourage education among the men and women who choose to devote their careers to preserving and bettering the life of others through nursing.

Recipients were Erika Holland, Lauren Hubbard, Stephanie Cannon, Melanie Creighton, Ashton Glenn, Autumn Jones, Rebecca Lacy Sandefur, and Jennifer Sherberth.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide a record number of scholarships this year,” said Dick Bernard, President, WRHSF Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to be able to offer even more assistance to employees desiring to further their education in nursing.”

Two Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) received scholarships to further their education towards becoming Registered Nurses (RNs).

Erika Holland, LPN, was 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. During her time as an RN, she worked with many qualified and motivated nurses who were unable to advance their career due to financial issues and family commitments. For 18 years, the Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship has provided LPNs a chance to grow both professionally and personally in their careers.

Holland joined the staff at Stone County Medical Center in 2013. After completing the RN program, Holland plans to work toward obtaining a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).  

Lauren Hubbard, LPN on WRMC’s Fourth Floor East, was the recipient of the WRHS Foundation’s LPN to RN Scholarship. The WRHS Foundation hosts several fundraising events throughout the year. In addition to scholarships, gifts contributed to the Foundation are also used to assist in new clinical services and capital building projects.

Hubbard has been at WRMC since August of 2012. She is currently receiving training in pediatric nursing and plans on becoming Pediatric Advanced Life Support certified. Her future plans include completing the RN program and obtaining her BSN.

Other recipients were awarded scholarships by the WRHS Foundation to further their education from RN to BSN. The scholarships are named accordingly by the generous donors who aided in the funding of the scholarship.

Stephanie Cannon, RN in Quality, is the recipient of the WRHS Foundation Education Scholarship.

Cannon has been at WRMC for almost 14 years. She has worked in various departments of WRMC, including leadership roles. She currently works as a Case Manager for Quality Management. After obtaining her BSN, she plans to work towards a master’s degree in nursing.

Melanie Creighton, RN in WRMC’s Obstetric Unit, was the recipient of the WRHS Board of Directors Nursing Scholarship In Memory of Mr. Doyle W. Rogers, Sr. This year, the WRHS Board of Directors chose to give the scholarship in of memory Doyle W. Rogers, Sr., a man who made many valuable contributions to the community, including WRMC.

Creighton began her career at WRMC in 1993. She plans on graduating with a BSN in the fall of 2014. She hopes to advance her career in nursing to the management level and hopes to one day obtain a master’s degree in nursing.

Autumn Jones, RN, is the recipient of the Batesville Kiwanis Scholarship, which is made available by members of the club. Batesville Kiwanis work to better the quality of life for the citizen’s of Batesville.

Jones is a nurse in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and has been at WRMC for a little over eight years. After obtaining her BSN, Jones plans to work toward a certification in Cardiovascular Nursing and, ultimately, a master’s degree in nursing.

Jennifer Sherberth, RN in the WRMC Intensive Care Unit, received 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 WRHSF Board of Trustees.

From the time Sherberth started in the WRMC ICU in 1997, her dream was to become a nurse manager. She achieved that dream in 2013. After obtaining her BSN, Sherberth plans to one day pursue a master’s degree.

Rebecca Lacy Sandefur is the recipient of the Lela Honkonen Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 2005 by Lela Honkonen. Lela Honkonen worked for the U.S. Government for 43 years. She passed away in April of 2013 at age 100. Honkonen was deeply involved in charities throughout her life, and, today, her contributions continue to make an impact.  

Sandefur is an RN on WRMC’s Fourth Floor East and has been at WRMC since 2012. After obtaining her BSN, Sandefur plans to work towards becoming a Nurse Practitioner, and, ultimately, obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing.

Ashton Glenn, RN at SCMC, is the recipient of the Batesville Rotary Nursing Scholarship. The Batesville Rotary Nursing Scholarship is made available by the members of the Batesville Rotary Club and is given to a student striving for a BSN. Members of the Batesville Rotary Club work together through service and giving to make a positive impact on the community.

Glenn, who has been at SCMC since 2007, plans to finish her BSN degree and work toward a master’s degree to obtain her Advanced Practice Nursing license.

The White River Health System Foundation was established in 1992 to provide a means for charitable giving to support the present and future needs of WRHS. WRHSF is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees dedicated to its mission.

Every gift to the Foundation helps WRHS 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 Matt McDonald at (870) 262-1784.


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