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The Bothwell Foundation manages several scholarship funds that create financial opportunities for students and employees pursuing their education in specific health care programs. Applications for scholarships available in 2023 are due April 28.
Pat Gaunt Scholarship
The Pat Gaunt Scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the estate of Patricia Gaunt, a registered nurse at Bothwell from 1969 until her retirement in 2001. The scholarship provides resources for nurses to get the training they need to better serve the patients they care for each day. Winners were announced during the Nurses Award ceremony on May 6.
Recipients and their scholarship awards included Sarah Cordes, Women’s Health and Newborn Care, $2,845; Katelyn Buxton, Progressive Care Unit, $1,225; Katelyn Purchase, Bothwell Family Health, $1,225; Serena Cronk, 2 Southwest, $1,697; Sarah Hopper, Critical Care Unit, $1,730; and Stacey O’Donnell, Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center, $940.
Lauren Thiel-Payne, Bothwell Foundation executive director and Katelyn Buxton.
Lauren Thiel-Payne, Bothwell Foundation executive director and Katelyn Purchase.
Lauren Thiel-Payne, Bothwell Foundation executive director and Sarah Hopper.
*Sarah Cordes, Serena Cronk and Stacey O’Donnell are not pictured.
Hickman Excellence Award
The Bothwell Foundation Hickman Excellence Award was established by the friends and family of JaEllen Hickman, a longtime Bothwell nurse and employee.
The foundation offers this scholarship to any Bothwell Regional Health Center employee and it is for training to improve job performance in their Bothwell Regional Health Center career and can include a certification, seminar, continuing education or any other means of performance improvement.
Katelyn Buxton, who works PRN in PCU while she is obtaining her LPN degree and Andrew Driskell, Medical Assistant at Bothwell Orthopedics & Sports Medicine received the Hickman Excellence Award.
Lauren plans to get her RN degree and Andrew will use the scholarship to become a certified medical assistant to help elevate patient care and give him the tools to succeed long-term in his career.
Andrew is not pictured.
Nevin Almquist Scholarship
On June 1, the Bothwell Foundation hosted a memorial reception celebrating Nevin Almquist. Almquist was a physical therapist at Bothwell from 1967 until his retirement in 2012. He passed away in 2020, and his family donated $50,000 to the foundation to create the Nevin Almquist Physical Therapy Scholarship endowment. The scholarship provides resources for students interested in the physical therapy field as well as current Bothwell physical therapists wishing to receive continuing education or training they need to serve the patients they care for each day.
Steve Davis, Bothwell chief financial officer, opened the event with remarks and memories of Nevin and then Nevin’s son, Kevin Almquist awarded the first two scholarships to Addyson Wright and Courtney Koetting. Both received $1,000 and are working toward their Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Doug Freed, a local artist and long-time friend of the Almquists, donated a painting in Nevin’s memory. Titled, “Seascape” the painting hangs in the southwest entry lobby.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event and shared their memories of Nevin. His family was touched and appreciative.
Kevin Almquist, center, presented the Nevin Almquist Physical Therapy Scholarship to first recipients Courtney Koetting, left, and Addyson Wright.
Nevin’s family are shown with the painting donated by Doug Freed. From left, Jean (wife), Jude and Josie (grandchildren) Denise (daughter), Kevin (son), Liam (grandson) and Suzanne (daughter-in-law)
Medical Career Scholarships
The Bothwell Foundation’s Medical Career Scholarship is offered to graduating high school seniors in Pettis and Benton counties pursuing a degree in a health care-related field.
Congratulations to these students who each received a $500 scholarship in 2022.
Kaelyn Teague (not pictured); University of Missouri (Mizzou);Health career goal: Dermatology
Jaelyn Winfrey (not pictured); State Fair Community College; Health career goal: Registered Nurse
Pictured left to right: Anna Jonston, University of Central Missouri - Kansas City, Health career goal: Pharmacist
Kiser Pannier, Missouri State University, Health career goal: Occupational Therapy
Christine Sturgill, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Health career goal: Physical therapist or sports medicine orthopedic
Applications for scholarships available in 2023 are due April 28.