Delta-Montrose Technical College hosts a scholarship luncheon for its practical nursing students annually. The local community has been extremely generous and supportive of the technical college and the nursing program. This year, through community organizations, 26 scholarships were awarded to DMTC practical nursing students, for a total of $15,450.00.
The Hotchkiss Kiwanis: The Hotchkiss Kiwanis disbanded their club in the North Fork last year, but in closing they left enough money on account for scholarships to be distributed for two additional years. Funds for this scholarship came from their last annual spring fish fry, and Christmas tree sales at the Hotchkiss City Market parking lot. The Hotchkiss Kiwanis group's mission was to help children, and they feel that helping the nursing students ultimately gives a return with the caring of children. This was the eighth year of support for nursing students at DMTC. Earl Busby, who passed away last year, and his wife Katie were always present in years past and enjoyed visiting with the students. Birdie Young, director of the nursing program, presented the awards in Earl's absence. Hotchkiss Kiwanis awarded $300 scholarships to Maia Weber, Kayla Sanders and Jennifer Halbach; a $400 scholarship to Chandra Proffitt; and a $500 scholarship to Justina Vrabas.
Delta Rotary was represented by John Triebwasser and Jody Jorns. The club awarded three scholarships of $1,000 each to Amanda Bornschlegel, Alyson Goetzinger and Stephanie Tourney.
Barclay/Davis Nursing Excellence Award was presented by Shari Barclay and Judy Davis. This scholarship went to Kelly Ellis in the amount of $400. This scholarship is awarded to a student with high academic standing in the program. Donations may be made to this scholarship through DMTC at any time.
Horizons Care Center, represented by Kelly Mathieu, director of nursing, and Tammy Blanchette, human resources manager, presented seven scholarships. Stephanie Tourney, Mark Tieman, Skylar Thompson, Megan Robinson, Robert Imhoff and Alyson Goetzinger were each awarded $500 scholarships. Amy Carpenter received a $1,000 scholarship.
The Delta County Breast Cancer Survivors Women's Support Group, represented by Mitzie Seals, presented a $750 scholarship to Amanda Bornschlegel. This group relies on donations from the community.
Beta Sigma Phi of Montrose was represented by Joan Pride and Ruth Heath. They honored both Kelsey Weaver and Brianna Beller with a $500 scholarship each.
The Delta County Memorial Hospital Foundation represented by Dorothy Dunfelder, vice president and scholarship committee member, recognized two individuals with scholarships. Haley Millard was awarded $500 for each semester, and Amanda Bornschlegel was awarded $500 for the fall semester.
Two memorial scholarships were also awarded to nursing students at Delta Montrose Technical College.
The George Walsh Memorial Scholarship was established by the North Fork Valley Rotary Club. Felix Belmont, chairman of the scholarship committee, was unable to attend. John Jones, director of the college, presented $500 scholarships to Amy Carpenter and Maia Weber.
The Alice Penick Memorial Nursing Scholarship presented by the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) BK Chapter of Delta, represented by Lana Kevan, president, and Cheri Kent, program chairman of the scholarship committee, honored Kayla Sanders with a $500 scholarship. The PEO BK Chapter also presented Kelsey Weaver with a $1,500 grant through the PEO Program for Continuing Education.
The nursing staff and students at DMTC would like to thank the community for their generosity and support.
Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.