Students from five area high schools could win a $1,000 college scholarship, courtesy of Mercy Health Foundation – St. Francis. The Dr. Grace O. Doane Scholarships are specifically for students interested in entering health professions.
Dr. Doane was the first woman to earn a doctorate from Drake Medical School in 1913 with a specialty in otolaryngology. She became a benefactress to the sisters at Mercy St. Francis Hospital, paying for everything from a car to take them to the hospital chapel and the sisters’ home. She wanted her story to inspire others and established the scholarship fund before her death in 1980.
“Many of Mercy’s new providers in southwestern Missouri are ‘local,'” said Karen Simpson-Neasby, executive director of the Mercy Health Foundation. “We love seeing our local students graduating in health care and returning to their hometowns to serve. These scholarships help them financially and we hope they will also remind them that we encourage them.
To be eligible, the student must be a Missouri resident preparing for a healthcare career and be classified as a senior at one of the following schools: Eminence High School, Liberty High School, Summersville High School, Willow Springs High School or Winona. High school.
Applicants must demonstrate both leadership potential through extracurricular activities and work experiences, as well as a need for financial assistance. Preference will be given to students who plan to attend a college, university, or technical school in Missouri. Five scholarships will be awarded, one for each school with qualified applicants.
Applications are available at school counselor offices. Additionally, students must provide an official high school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and an essay of 500 words or less outlining their future career plans and goals. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by March 12, 2022.
Mercy Health Foundation – St. Francois
ATTN: Stephanie Breedlove – Scholarships
100 US Highway 60
Mountain View, MO 65548
Applications will be reviewed by the Mercy Health Foundation – St. Francis Board of Trustees and scored independently. In the event of a tie, interviews with students may be required.
For more information on the Dr. Grace O. Doane Scholarships in Health Care, call (417) 533-6192