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Nursing students offered financial assistance

— Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, is again encouraging local students pursuing nursing degrees and training to apply for financial assistance available through several scholarship programs. The foundation offers the following scholarships to qualifying nursing students:

• Evelyn Kaser Nursing Scholarship supports the educational interests of individuals who wish to become registered nurses;

• Marty Aalbers Nursing Scholarship funds trauma and ostomy training for nurses intending to practice in the Mid-Columbia region.

• Non-Traditional Nursing Student Scholarship is designed for students over age 25 and currently enrolled in a nursing program after an interruption in their studies due to life circumstances.

• Lorna and Joseph Halliday Family Nursing Scholarship is designed for students from the Columbia River Gorge area who are accepted into an undergraduate nursing program.

“By providing these annual scholarships, we hope to encourage aspiring nurses in our community and, at the same time, positively impact the nursing industry,” said Celeste Hill Thomas, executive director of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation.

Applications are being accepted now and are due June 28, 2013. Mid-Columbia residents interested in a future career in nursing can apply for one of these scholarships by contacting the foundation at 541.296.7275 or via email, Applications are also available online at


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