Welia Health awards $8,000 worth of renewable scholarships

Four local high school students, pursuing a higher education in the health field were awarded scholarships from Welia Health.

“Welia Health will continue to support and invest in area students”, comments Randy Ulseth, Welia Health’s CEO, “to develop the next generation of rural medical providers, whether it be a doctor, nurse, physician assistant, or a physical therapist, there are a host of medical professionals needed for the future of healthcare.”

Recipients for the 2020-2021 school year include:

Sierra Thomson, Mora High School

  • Miss Thomson plans on attending the University of North Dakota (UND) pursuing a career in Nurse Anesthesiology.

Katie Kunst, Ogilvie High School

  • Miss Kunst will be attending Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) this fall pursuing a degree in nursing.

Danielle Cavallin, Pine City High School

  • Miss Cavallin will be attending The College of St. Scholastic (CSS) this fall to pursue a career in Nursing.

Madelyn Dutcher, Hinckley-Finlayson High School

  • Miss Dutcher intends to study at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls this fall for Communication Sciences and Disorders. Upon completion, she would be a Speech Pathologist.

Recipients are chosen through a scholarship selection committee where their academics, extra-curricular activities, work experience, letter of recommendation and essay are considered. Candidates are encouraged to use the essay to describe their personal goals and share experiences to portray their inspiration and dreams to work in the medical field.

The scholarship recipients are eligible for yearly renewal, maxing at 4 years if they continue to be enrolled full-time in either a two or four-year post-secondary degree program in an area of healthcare deemed desirable by Welia Health. The student must also maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

Welia Health established a scholarship program in 2009 and has paid out over $20,000 since its inception.