Morgan County, IN—For the 17th consecutive year, the Kendrick Foundation is proud to provide financial support to Morgan County residents pursuing careers in healthcare. The Kendrick Foundation awarded 22 students up to $15,000 each to cover tuition and required fees for the 2020-21 academic year.

“We are pleased to announce our 2020 scholars. These bright, accomplished individuals represent the future of healthcare,” said Greg McKelfresh, Kendrick Foundation President. “This year, in particular, we’ve become acutely aware of the importance of our first responders, healthcare and public health practitioners, and the need for strong healthcare and public health systems and infrastructures.”

The 2020 Kendrick Scholars are:

  • Kaitlin Applegate, Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University
  • Erica Becker, Master of Science in Nursing, Purdue University
  • Marjorie Britt, Doctor of Health Science, University of Indianapolis
  • Delani Bruce, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Casey Burns, Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
  • Loran Carlton, Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University
  • Christa Carter, Master of Science in Nursing, University of Indianapolis
  • Shelby Cash, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, University of Indianapolis
  • Teylor Ellis, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Indiana University
  • Jeana Gregory, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Franklin College
  • Ally Grimes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Southern Indiana
  • Sarah Kush, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Marian University
  • Addi Lillywhite, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University
  • Sierra Lowe, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, University of Indianapolis
  • Renee Majeski, Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University
  • Abigail Muhlstadt, Master of Science in Nursing, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Carissa Ooley, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
  • Jordan Ozolin, Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University
  • Lily Pollard, Master of Social Work, Indiana University
  • Grace Raney, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Indianapolis
  • Olivia Raney, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Lily Schoolcraft, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis

Kendrick scholars are selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and community service. To be eligible for a Kendrick Foundation scholarship, students must be Morgan County residents pursuing a health-related degree at an accredited public or private non-profit institution of higher education, with an intention to return to Morgan County to work in a healthcare-related field.

“Morgan County is a designated healthcare professional shortage area for primary care and mental health,” said Keylee Wright, Kendrick Foundation Executive Director. “In addition to making a difference in the lives of our scholars and their families, awarding scholarships is a strategy to potentially address these shortages and increase our county’s level of educational attainment.”

To date, the Kendrick Foundation has awarded over 500 scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare—a significant investment to support Morgan County’s next generation of healthcare leaders.

Formed from the proceeds of the sale of the Kendrick Memorial Hospital in 2001, the mission of the Kendrick Foundation is to financially support education and initiatives that improve the physical and mental health of Morgan County residents. To learn more about how the Kendrick Foundation is leading health initiatives for Morgan County, please visit kendrickfoundation.org.