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Scholarships

The Foundation administers seven scholarship programs for persons pursuing and continuing their education in health-related fields. For more information about eligibility requirements and application dates for each program, click on the links below.

Alma Brown Scholarship

The Alma Brown Scholarship was established with a bequest from Alma Brown of Harrisonville. Mrs. Brown worked in the dietary department of a local nursing home before her retirement. The scholarship is awarded each year to support Cass Regional employees or Cass County residents pursuing education in nursing or an allied health field.

Applications are available in March, and the deadline to submit applications is in early to mid-April. Selection is primarily determined by financial need and career goals. Award is $1,000.

Eligibility 

Cass Regional Medical Center employees and/or Cass County, Missouri, residents who have been accepted by an accredited program leading to:

  • Practical nurse licensure, registered nurse licensure or a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • Certification or a degree in medical technology, phlebotomy, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech pathology.

Wanda Brown Scholarship

Wanda BrownThe Wanda Brown Scholarship fund was established in 1999 with a gift from Wanda A. Brown. Brown, a former board member of the Memorial Hospital Association, a member of the Cass Regional Auxiliary and an active community volunteer, established the fund to support persons pursuing a nursing career.

Applications are available in March, and the deadline to submit applications is in early to mid-April. Selection is based upon academic achievement, financial need and recommendations.

Award amount is $1,000.

Eligibility 

Current residents of Cass County and/or any past or present Cass County high school graduates seeking higher education in nursing.

Elvin S. Douglas Jr., Scholarship

Elvin S. Douglas Jr.Douglas was one of the first appointees to the hospital Board of Trustees when the hospital opened in the early 1960s, and he served on the board for over 25 years. In honor of his service, friends and colleagues established the scholarship fund in 1985 to assist Cass County high school graduates and residents who are pursuing higher education in the health professions. 

Applications are available in March, and the deadline to submit applications is early to mid-April. Selection is based upon academic merit and financial need.

Award is usually $500.

Eligibility

Current residents of Cass County and/or past or present Cass County high school graduates seeking higher education in the health professions.

Geraldine Kidd Scholarship

Geraldine KiddGeraldine "Gerri" Kidd was an LPN at Cass Regional Medical Center for over 20 years and was highly regarded by all who worked with her. After her passing in 1995, her colleagues, family and friends established the scholarship in her memory to support persons pursuing continuing education in nursing or in an allied health field.

Applications are available in mid-November, and the deadline to submit applications is in December. Selection is based on the best qualified applicant as ascertained from the application information.

Award is usually $500.

Eligibility

  • Cass Regional Medical Center employees who have been accepted by and/or are enrolled in an accredited program leading to practical nurse licensure, registered nurse licensure or a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • Cass Regional Medical Center employees who have been accepted by and/or are enrolled in an accredited program leading to advanced certification, licensure or a degree in an allied health care field.
  • Any Cass County resident who has been accepted by and/or is enrolled in an accredited program leading to practical nurse licensure, registered nurse licensure or a degree in nursing or an allied health field.

Dr. Harold E. Kirsch Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Kirsch was a beloved family physician who cared for generations of Cass Countians until his death in 1977. His widow, Evelyn, passed away in 2003 and established the scholarship fund with a gift from her estate. Two scholarships are awarded annually from the fund—one for Cass Regional employees and one for Cass County high school graduates—to support persons pursuing education in the field of health care.

Two scholarships are offered annually as funds are available. Deadline varies.

Award amounts vary based upon the earnings of the fund, but generally range from $750 to $1,000.

Eligibility for Cass Regional employees

Cass Regional Medical Center employees who are pursuing continuing education in the field of health care and are residents of Cass County, Missouri. Recipient is selected on the basis of past job performance, potential for educational benefits and financial need.

Eligibility for Cass County high school graduates

Graduating seniors or graduates of a Cass County, Missouri, high school who are pursuing education in the field of health care. Recipient is selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

Dr. Gail G. Kroenke Memorial Scholarship

Gail G. Kroenke, DVMThe Dr. Gail G. Kroenke Memorial Scholarship was established with gifts received in memory of Gail G. Kroenke, DVM. The scholarship is awarded each year to support persons pursuing careers in speech-language pathology.

Applications are available in March, and the deadline to submit applications is in early to mid-April. Selection is based on the best-qualified applicant as ascertained from the application information.

Award amount is usually $500.

Eligibility

Any graduate of a high school in Cass, Johnson, Bates or Henry counties in Missouri who has been accepted by and/or is enrolled in an accredited master's program leading to a career as a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Jan Perry Scholarship

Jan PerryThe Jan Perry Scholarship was established in 2002 by Jan Perry, a member of the Cass Regional Auxiliary. Perry provided the funds for the scholarship each year by saving a little of her grocery money each week. After her passing in 2007, her husband, Wirt, gave additional gifts to establish a long-term scholarship fund. Two scholarships—one for Cass Regional employees and one for Cass County residents—are awarded annually to persons pursuing education in nursing or in an allied health field.

Two scholarships—one in the spring and one in the fall—are offered annually. The deadline for applications is in April (spring cycle) and September (fall cycle). Selection is based upon financial need and career goals.

The award amount for each is $2,000.

Eligibility for spring cycle

  • Cass County residents who have been accepted by an accredited program leading to practical nurse licensure, registered nurse licensure or a bachelor's degree in nursing; or certification or a degree in medical technology, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech pathology.

Eligibility for fall cycle

  • Cass Regional Medical Center employees who have been accepted by and are registered in an accredited program leading to practical nurse licensure, registered nurse licensure or a bachelor's degree in nursing; or certification or a degree in medical technology, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech pathology.
  • Cass Regional Medical Center employees who are attending Cass Career Center for continuing education in the field of nursing.