Pullman hospital awards scholarship

Three hospital employees received scholarships to further their education

Pullman Regional Hospital (PRH) awarded scholarships to three employees which will help them continue their education and assist in their work. The three scholarships total $6,000 and can be used for books, tuition and other various school costs. 

The PRH Staff Education scholarship was awarded to both Hannah Kasperick, surgical staff member, and Anya Kinyanjui, Summit Therapy receptionist. Each scholarship was worth $2,500. 

Kasperick said she is enrolled at Gonzaga University and pursuing a masters degree in Science in Nursing. The scholarship was used for books and tuition.

“I am very excited and very appreciative that the foundation offers scholarships to better their employees to go back and get more education,” she said. 

Kinyanjui said she has worked at Summit Therapy for nine years. She is enrolled at Altura College of Pullman and pursuing a therapy certification. 

“I’m hoping to deepen my relationship with all these patients that I’ve known for 10 years now, and I hope to work as a massage therapist at Summit Therapy,” she said.  

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing scholarship was awarded to Cindy Snell, registered nurse in the medical and surgical unit. The scholarship was worth $1,000. According to a PRH press release, the scholarship will help Snell become a clinical instructor. 

The scholarships are awarded to PRH staff every semester. 

PRH Governance Committee reviews the scholarship applications and selects a few. The committee then sends those applications to the PRH Foundation Board of Directors. The board makes the final selection of recipients. 

The money for the scholarships comes from a combination of unrestricted dollars which have been collected by the foundation and from donors who specifically want to fund scholarships. 

Rueben Mayes, the PRH Foundation’s chief development officer, said the scholarship recipients sent in letters of gratitude.

“We received letters from the recipients and they’re very appreciative and grateful that foundation provides funding to allow them to continue their pursuit of additional education and training in their careers,” Mayes said. 

Applications for fall 2020 applications will be available in May.