Regional West Foundation Awards $63,750 In Nursing and Health Education Scholarships

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― Regional West Foundation is pleased to announce that $63,750 in scholarships has been awarded by the Foundation to 34 students for the 2021-2022 school year. The students are enrolled at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Nursing-West Nebraska Division, Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology, and Western Nebraska Community College.

“Regional West Foundation has been given the opportunity to manage several memorial scholarships honoring community members from western Nebraska,” said Jeanne McKerrigan, Regional West Foundation director of development. “For many students, the cost of a college education can pose a significant obstacle and receipt of a scholarship makes that goal attainable. What better way to support our future healthcare workers who will make a difference in people’s lives each and every day?” 

Regional West Foundation nursing scholarship: $5,000 - Jessica Valles-Diaz.

University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing scholarships:

Phyllis Gerke scholarship: $10,000 - Allison Janine Leever; $5,000 - Jessica A. Badje, Madison Bibb, and Skylar Johnston; $2,500 - Hermela Tamirat and Anna Von Seggern.

Kellet scholarship: $1,000 - Michelle Hesse and Haley Miller (Schmeichel).

Drawbaugh scholarship: $1,000 – Laci Hill, Alyssa Dishman, Kelsey Tighe, and Hannah Rose Fisher.

Harvey scholarship: $1,000 – Arica McClound, Caitlin Pittman, and Kaylea Rising.

Swanson scholarship: $1,000 – Abigail Rowland.

M. Streeks Brown scholarship: $1,000 – Savannah Jordan.

Regional West Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology scholarship:

$1,000 - Blake Dodd and Long Phi Phan.

Western Nebraska Community College Massey Surgical Tech scholarship:

$3,000 – Stephanie Buller.

West Nebraska Blood Center scholarships:

 $3,000 – Amanda Carr, Ruben Perez, and Daniel Tolman; $2,000 – Elisa Parton; $400 – Tasha Knaub; $300 – Maricela Melendez; $150 – Cassidy Aerni, Grace Anderson, Lindsey Helkenn, Blaise Methe, Kelly Rutz, Molly Walker, and Kenneth Wyland.

For more information about Regional West Foundation scholarships or to make a donation, contact the Foundation office at 308-630-1485, email, or visit

Regional West Foundation raises, manages, and distributes funds to enhance the services, programs, and projects of Regional West Health Services. The Foundation supports projects to strengthen healthcare services that are essential to the quality and growth of our local medical community, including new technology, building improvements, and health education scholarships.

Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Neb., is the parent company of Regional West Medical Center, a 188-bed regional referral center and the only Level II Trauma Center in Nebraska west of Kearney. As the region’s only tertiary referral medical center, Regional West offers care that spans more than 32 medical specialties provided by over 28 physician clinics. With nearly 300 in-network providers and approximately 2,000 staff members, Regional West provides comprehensive and innovative health care services for the people of western Nebraska and the neighboring states of Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming.