Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation Awards Top $100K

For more than a quarter century, Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation has been awarding scholarships and grants in the region, and with more than $101,000 being awarded this year they have now topped $1.5-million since the beginning.

Through the Allied Health Careers Scholarship program, Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation has awarded a total of $47,500 in the form of 37 scholarships to Lakeland team members and area students pursuing a career in health care this year. Meanwhile, another $54,000 will be awarded in department grants to support continuing education opportunities for Lakeland team members.

Over the past 25 years, Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation has now awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants to Lakeland team members, departments, and volunteers. It has all been made possible largely through endowments from community members designed with the sole purpose of investing in healthcare education and training.

Brandi Smith, Vice President of Philanthropy and President, Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation, says, “While this year’s event was held virtually to keep everyone safe, it was still  a very special day that we look forward to each year because it’s an opportunity to recognize many of our team members who are pursuing additional education and training which ultimately helps us take better care of our patients.” She adds, “It’s also a wonderful way to continue to recognize our donors who’ve created the endowments by which we provide these scholarships.”

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During the scholarship ceremony, Smith presented Chido Masiya, nursing director at Pine Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation with the organization’s Leo Soorus Leadership Award to honor her outstanding leadership and efforts to inspire team members and safely care for residents at the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic including establishing a dedicated COVID-19 unit. The Leo Soorus Leadership Award and grant honors Soorus’ many contributions to Southwest Michigan as a Lakeland executive and a leader of multiple community and professional organizations. She is shown in the photo above.

Lakeland team members and area students who received scholarships through the Spectrum Health Lakeland Foundation include:

Benton Harbor

  • Chloe Kalinas, Whirlpool Foundation Nursing Scholarship
  • Jenna Wyant, Bill & Golda Madison Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Berrien Center

  • Roberta Armstrong, The James W. Tiscornia Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Stacey Layman, Frederick S. Upton Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Berrien Springs

  • Klarissa Burch, Lakeland Health Auxiliary Pawating Volunteer Scholarship
  • Amanda Marsh, MD, John Proos, MD Memorial Scholarship
  • Alexandra Soos, The Walter B. Laetz Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship
  • Shelley Thibeault, The Victor Palenske Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Coloma

  • Tiana Green, The G. Clemens Theisen Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Dowagiac

  • Keara Rankin, Muriel Huizenga Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship Endowment Fund

Galien

  • Emma Lozmack, Lakeland Health Auxiliary Pawating Volunteer Scholarship

Hartford

  • Jessica Cardoso, Community Hospital Foundation Scholarship
  • Joel Soto, Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary Scholarship

Kalamazoo

  • Haley Thibeault, Lakeland Family Scholarship

Lawton

  • Hannah Helton, Brian Parker Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Niles

  • Hannah Albright, Niles College Scholarship
  • Jessica Blank, Niles College Scholarship
  • Tyler Clutter, Growth and Achievement Scholarship
  • Sean Gurley, Frederick S. Upton Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Kennan Janowski, Lakeland Health Auxiliary Berrien General Volunteer Scholarship

Sawyer

  • Luke Linscheid, Bill & Golda Madison Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

St. Joseph

  • Lauren Cook, Gen Starkey Volunteer Scholarship
  • Thomas Chen, Lakeland Health Auxiliary Pawating Volunteer Scholarship
  • Victoria Felton, The William E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • Larissa Grinvalds, DO, Graduate Medical Education Alumni Fund
  • Simi Jain, Deborah Lynn Griffin Memorial Scholarship
  • Zach Kreiner, Lakeland Health Auxiliary Volunteer Scholarship
  • Jordan Sanderson, Lakeland Family Scholarship
  • Hailey, Smith, The Margaret L. Tufts Memorial Allied Health Careers Scholarship

Stevensville

  • Rachel Eaton, The Joseph A. Wasserman Scholarship
  • Mehul Kedia, Lakeland Health Auxiliary Volunteer Scholarship
  • Chido Masiya, Leo Soorus Leadership Award
  • Carter Strebeck, Lakeland Family Scholarship
  • Allison Tuckowski, Ruth Frobel Memorial Nursing Scholarship

    Watervliet

    • Trever Pelton, Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary Scholarship
    • Brett Thumm, Jack & Dorothy Thatcher Memorial Scholarship Endowment

    South Bend, IN

    • Dorcas Hodges, Growth and Achievement Scholarship