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UW-Stevens Point students selected for Health Scholars Program

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STEVENS POINT — Both students and the community will benefit from a new scholarship partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Marshfield Clinic Health System that aims to support, educate and train aspiring health care professionals in central Wisconsin.

Starting this fall, 10 students will take part in the UW-Stevens Point Health Scholars Program, sponsored by Marshfield Clinic Health System. The program will create the next generation of health care leaders by training students in clinical experiences, community service opportunities and professional development at UW-Stevens Point.

This two-year program offers exposure to many health care professions and provides community service opportunities that allow students to gain perspective and understanding of rural health care needs.

“I believe the scholars will find this program is the one of the most rewarding and impactful university experiences,” said Tiff Akins, director of the Health Scholars Program, in a news release. “In partnership with Marshfield Clinic Health System, we will train future health care professionals with an interprofessional approach to addressing some of our greatest rural health care concerns.”

Upon completion of the two-year Health Scholars Program, students will be eligible for a semester of intensive practicum/internship experience, if they choose.

Students were recognized at their department awards ceremony this spring and will receive a $1,000 scholarship for each year in the program.

Members of this fall’s first health scholars cohort include:

  • Amelia Bates, Brillion, health science-pre-occupational therapy
  • Hanna Christensen, Peshtigo, pre-nursing
  • Kayla Hammon, Stevens Point, pre-nursing
  • Harli Kelton, Frederic, health science-health care administration
  • Emily Kopperud, Green Bay, communication sciences and disorders
  • Jensynn Lesinki, Appleton, dietetics
  • Summer Manzke, Waukesha, dietetics
  • Brandon Patoka, Appleton, health science-pre-physical therapy
  • Julia Reigh, Oshkosh, social work
  • Allie Turenne, Merrill, social work

Photo courtesy UWSP. This fall, members of the first UW-Stevens Point Health Scholars Program will be offered new educational opportunities through a scholarship partnership with Marshfield Clinic Health System.

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