Mercy Announces Recipients of Health Care Scholarships

May 11, 2015

Four local high school seniors will get a financial boost as they embark on their medical careers.

The Sister M. Cornelia Blasko Foundation in Mountain View has announced Victoria Smith of Summersville, Bryan Porter of Birch Tree, Camron Dean Matteson of Eminence and Nicole Honeycutt of Winona will each receive $1,000 through Dr. Grace O. Doane scholarships.

“For twelve years, these scholarships have helped young students with their studies with the hopes that they’ll return to the Mountain View area to practice,” said David Barnett, chairman of the Foundation.

To qualify, students had to be Missouri residents preparing for a career in a health care field. They also were required to be enrolled at one the following schools: Eminence High School, Liberty High School, Summersville High School, Willow Springs High School, and Winona High School. The students chosen to receive the Dr. Grace O. Doane scholarships are each planning to attend a Missouri college, university or technical school.

“We need more doctors and nurses and other health care providers to help get health care right,” said Karen Simpson Neasby, vice president of Mercy Health Foundation – Sr. M. Cornelia Blasko Foundation. “We look forward to seeing them learn and grow with us!”

Candidates are asked to complete an extensive application outlining their high school extra-curricular activities, community activities, honors and awards, letters of reference, transcripts, and an essay. Applicants are scored on ACT score, grade point average, extra-curricular activity involvement, community involvement, student work activity, financial need and desire based on essay. For more information about the Dr. Grace O. Doane health care scholarships, call the Sister M. Cornelia Blasko Foundation – Mercy Health Foundation Mountain View at (417) 533-6192.