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The Research Foundation presents scholarships to Kansas City nursing students

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Aug. 23, 2017) - The Research Foundation supported 33 students attending Research College of Nursing, Avila University and William Jewell College by awarding more than $250,000 in scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.  

Scholarship recipients from Research College of Nursing were honored at a reception August 22. Alumni donors, Foundation board members and Research College of Nursing administration and faculty attended to celebrate the academic achievements of those pursuing careers in nursing. Dr. Thad Wilson, recently appointed Research College of Nursing president, addressed the students before the presentation of scholarships.

“It was an honor and a joy to attend my first Research College of Nursing student scholarship recipient reception. Knowing how important scholarships can be to student nurses, it was fun to celebrate with these outstanding students and their families. The future of nursing looks bright,” Dr. Thad Wilson, Research College of Nursing president said.

Scholarship recipients from Research College of Nursing include Emily Ballard, Molly Beelman, Vanessa Beltran, Jacob Bratcher, Kylie Chisholm, Kennedy Collins, Maria Garozzo, Bethany Hartley, Katherine Kerner, Julia King, Kaitlin Klein, Alicia Koch, Kristin Lee, Bailey Lemke, Caroline Lipp, Quincy Martin, Emily McKee, Matthew Orallo, Emerald Richardson, Melissa Riley, Alexandria Rushing, Johanna Sheeran, Ellie Soltys, Stevie Tierney, Timothy Tinsley, and Mallory Weins.

Scholarship recipients from Avila University include Alyssa Gatewood, Xiaoxia Li, Joseph Strauch and Lonnie Todd.

Scholarship recipients from William Jewell College include Luce-Virlynn Apollon, Rachel Binder and Kelly O’Hare-Baxley.

“These scholarships are made possible through donations to our undergraduate nursing student scholarship funds. Our donors’ enthusiasm to support local nursing students plays a large role in our efforts to support the future of health care in Kansas City,” Cynthia Randazzo, The Research Foundation CEO and president, said.

The Foundation provides scholarships to college juniors and seniors studying nursing. Students should apply by March 1.