The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation has awarded 23 individuals with scholarship funding to pursue education in healthcare fields.   

$81,500 was available in funding for students enrolled in various healthcare programs, including cardiology, respiratory health medicine, hospice palliative care, nursing, and pediatrics.  

There were 10 scholarships available. Some depend on academic standing, and all depend on where the applicant plans to practice, and where they live.   

“These scholarships are specifically looking at increasing the number of professionals who work in central Alberta," Shanna Doupe, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation said.  

Doupe explained that the scholarships help to support the foundation's goal of providing enhanced healthcare for Central Albertans.  

“It enhances healthcare if there are more professionals able to reduce wait times and ensure that people are receiving treatment here,” she said.   

The scholarship funding is possible by the contributions of donors.   

“The Foundation is grateful for the donors committed to enhancing care for Central Albertans and to those who choose to study in the healthcare field,” said Manon Therriault, Foundation CEO. “This funding for healthcare students would not be possible without the community-minded donors who founded these scholarships. Their generosity ensures that we can assist those starting or continuing their careers in healthcare and that we can attract and retain exceptional healthcare professionals.  

Scholarships were awarded to Alexandra Mitra, Avery Olafson, Britnee Baker, Britny Martens, Christina McMillin, Devin Woodland, Hannah Corrigan, Jennifer Huseby, Jessica Muchiri, Jessica Nelson, Julianna Panteluk, Katie Kralka, Kelsey Johnson, Ksenia Strickland, Kya Knight, Lexie Saforo, Nikki Hort, Sage Bugutsky, Samantha Hombert, Thalia Neufeld, Tyler Unreiner, Victoria Johns, and Zoe Brabbins.