Seven Sauk Valley Community College nursing students have been awarded scholarships from the Freeport Health Network (FHN) for 2009-10. Each student, who is in Sauk’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program, received a $500 award that was distributed through the Sauk Foundation.
- Sara Medendorp, Morrison, plans to graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 2010. She would like to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and pursue a career in pediatrics or obstetrics. Medendorp and her husband Gene have two grown children, both of which recently graduated from Sauk.
- Jennifer Knapp, Sterling, plans to graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at the end of 2009. She plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and continue her education to reach the nurse practitioner level. A 1994 graduate of Sterling High School, Jennifer is the mother of two children and the daughter of Deborah and Milton Kregar.
- LeAnn Shipman, Sterling, plans to graduate with her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) in 2010. Shipman wants to pursue a career as a registered nurse and earn a bachelor’s degree in the future. Shipman is the mother of three children and the daughter of Joe and Donna Wetzell of Rock Falls.
- Megan Schoenholz of Dixon carries a 3.0 GPA. She plans to graduate from Sauk with an ADN in May 2010. She would like to go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N) and is considering specializing as a surgical nurse. A 2003 graduate of Dixon High School, Megan is the daughter of David and Diane Schoenholz.
- Melissa Henson, Milledgeville, carries a 3.2 GPA. She plans to graduate with an ADN in May 2010 and go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Henson and her husband David have four children.
- Andrea Ohda of Walnut plans to graduate with an ADN in May 2010. She intends to return to Northern Illinois University to finish her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and earn a master’s degree in nursing. She would like to eventually teach. A 2002 graduate of Ohio High School, Andrea and her husband Jason have three children. Andrea is the daughter of Ron and Cindy Hacker.
- Becky Ferris of Dixon plans to graduate with an ADN from Sauk, go on and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at a four-year institution, and pursue a career in nursing with a goal of bettering herself and helping people. A 1990 graduate of Dixon High School, Becky is the daughter of Roy and Nancy Kane.
The Freeport Health Network (FHN) is a regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. According to information from FHN, an average of 1,700 people visit the FHN daily for their healthcare needs (that’s more 600,000 patient visits per year). FHN offers affiliations with all three major Rockford hospitals as well as the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Sauk Foundation is non-profit corporation that helps to broaden the educational opportunities and services that SVCC provides for its students. Each year the Foundation distributes scholarships that total more than $160,000.