Morgan County, IN—For the 18th consecutive year the Kendrick Foundation is proud to give academic scholarships to Morgan County residents pursuing careers in healthcare. The Kendrick Foundation awarded each of the 20 most accomplished applicants with $15,000 scholarships towards tuition and required fees for the 2021-22 academic year.
“We were so pleased to recognize and celebrate our 2021 scholars in person earlier this month at the SCI-REMC Community Room in Martinsville,” said Eric Wymer, M.D., Kendrick Foundation Board President. “Gathering together fosters interpersonal connections among these future leaders. The Kendrick Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals. Providing financial support to these students enables them to excel with reduced financial stress. Each student gives back to our community by volunteering their time and talent, fostering habits which will actively build and connect our future healthcare community and contribute to a better quality of life for Morgan County residents.”
The 2021 Kendrick Scholars are:
- Kaitlin Applegate, Doctor of Optometry, Indiana University
- Marjorie Britt, Doctor of Health Science, University of Indianapolis
- Casey Burns, Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
- Shelby Cash, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, University of Indianapolis
- Madison Dick, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Teylor Ellis, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Indiana University
- Ally Grimes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Southern Indiana
- Addi Lillywhite, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northcentral University
- Hallie Little, Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Renee Majeski, Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University
- Brent McCreary, Doctor of Medicine, Indiana UniversityMatthew Overton, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
- Jordan Ozolin, Doctor of Medicine, Indiana University
- Wendy Patterson, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Huntington University
- Lily Schoolcraft, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
- Linnessa Scott, Master of Science in Nursing, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus
- Carissa Shingleton, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
- Keely Townsend, Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, University of Indianapolis
- Joseph Ulrey, Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Butler University
- Zoelaine Viewegh, Doctor of Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Aging Studies, University of Indianapolis
Kendrick scholars are selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement, and community service. To be eligible for a Kendrick Foundation scholarship, students must be Morgan County residents pursuing an undergraduate or graduate 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 health-related field. Scholars are required to complete 20 hours of volunteer service during the academic year.
“I have a strong interest in primary care and thought volunteering for ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health) would prove beneficial to me for my future endeavors,” said two-time Kendrick scholar, Teylor Ellis. “I think learning about the shortage areas and seeing what geographical areas are struggling most with finding PCPs (primary care providers) was most valuable to me because I got to identify some areas in Morgan County that need help. In my future practice, I want to apply myself to areas that really need me and where I can make a lasting impact.”
In 2021, according to the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Morgan County ranks 45th out of 92 counties in Indiana for health outcomes and 43rd for health factors. Many Morgan County residents also lack adequate access to mental health providers and primary care physicians – as Morgan County is designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration as a health professional shortage area for mental health and primary care according to the 2019-2021 community health needs assessment.
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.