Luthercare is honored to award $18,000 in scholarships to help advance the education of local graduating high school seniors who are pursuing careers in nursing. This year, Luthercare will bestow two $5,000 scholarships, one $3,000 scholarship, and five $1,000 scholarships to eight students who distinguished themselves through their written essay, letters of reference, and passion for the field.
The winners of the one-time $5,000 scholarships are Annika Bollinger of Cocalico High School and Tori Heiserman of Lampeter-Strasburg High School. A special one-time $3,000 scholarship – “The Mary Roth Nursing Scholarship” – was awarded to Vanessa Russo of Northern Lebanon High School. The one-time $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Kyra Bixler of Garden Spot High School; Sydney Brubaker of Donegal High School; Isabel Harnish of Annville-Cleona High School; Sophia Lutz of Lancaster Country Day School; and Savannah Stauffer of Ephrata Senior High School.
The winners will continue their education and professional development at Clemson University, Lebanon County Career and Technology Center, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Villanova University, and York College of Pennsylvania.
Luthercare is proud to support these students as they embark on preparing for a career with a desire to help and serve others. Luthercare’s Nursing Scholarship Program offers scholarship opportunities for both local high school students and Luthercare team members. The program reflects our organization’s continuing commitment to quality care and the education of healthcare professionals. We recognize the need for passionate and dedicated nurses who work tirelessly to care for those who need it most.
This scholarship program would not be possible without the generous donors who support Luthercare’s Nursing Scholarship Fund. This year, a special one-time $3,000 nursing scholarship is being awarded in memory of Mary Roth, a longtime Lititz and Luther Acres resident who passed away in 2019 at the age of 95. Her sister, who is also a resident of Luther Acres, wanted to find a meaningful way to recognize what would have been Mary’s 100th birthday this year and chose to help fund the education of a future nurse by setting up this special scholarship. Luthercare is grateful for this additional and unexpected scholarship and the gift it brings to the recipient.
Congratulations to our 2023 scholarship winners! We wish the students the best of luck on their journeys.
Founded in 1949, Luthercare, a social ministry organization affiliated with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Lutheran Services in America, is a leading provider of independent, personal care and skilled nursing care residences in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Luthercare operates Luther Acres, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lititz, Pa.; Spang Crest, a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing and personal care memory support community in Lebanon, Pa.; and St. John’s Herr Estate, an independent living and personal care community in Columbia, Pa. Additionally, Luthercare operates three PA Keystone Stars-accredited childcare and early learning centers in Annville, Marietta, and Reamstown. Luthercare, a pioneer in Childcare Programs, also offers a Mentoring Program, which aids home-based childcare providers in Lancaster County.