Community, Kelsey Hospital, United Hospital

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals Award Scholarships

Six Students Receive Help with College Tuition

GREENVILLE, Mich., June 9, 2021 – Six college bound students pursuing careers in the medical field have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Spectrum Health Foundation and medical staff at United Hospital in Greenville and Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.

The annual scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, community involvement, and the student’s acceptance to a college or university to pursue a degree in the medical profession.

“Helping deserving students as they pursue higher education goals in health care is a highlight of our year,” said Shelly Westbrook, director, Spectrum Health Foundation United and Kelsey Hospitals. “We’re very proud to support and encourage these students as it’s an investment in the future of health care in our region,” she said.

The scholarship program is intended to help offset the cost of higher education and to encourage students to pursue health care careers in our communities. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be admitted to an accredited college or university.

Scholarship recipients are Alivia Nelson, Greenville High School; Molly Peasley, Lakeview High School; Claire Akin, Central Montcalm High School; Cecilia Smith, Cedar Springs High School; Allyson May, Belding High School and Abigail Schuster, Tri County High School.

Nelson will be attending Grand Valley State University to pursue a nursing degree.

Peasley will also pursue a nursing degree while attending Belmont University.

Akin plans to be a nurse practitioner and will attend Davenport University.

Smith will attend the University of Detroit at Aquinas College to pursue a nursing degree.

May will attend the University of Michigan and plans to become a pharmaceutical researcher.

Schuster plans to go into medical laboratory sciences and will attend Montcalm Community College.

“We congratulate these students, and along with members of our community, we wish them the very best as they pursue their college and career goals,” Westbrook said.


About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan.

People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

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