Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship Recipients
athletic trainer. She plans to graduate in May 2022. Madelynn is the daughter of Cara Kallembach of Monticello. Josiah Ratts: Josiah is a junior at the University of Michigan. He is studying to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He plans to graduate in May of 2023. Josiah is the son of Rich and Nancy Ratts of Monticello. Jarron Roy: Jarron graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering. He is now in the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing his education, he plans to work in academic medicine to treat patients and research novel cancer treatments. Jarron is the son of Kevin and Keely Roy. Megan Schumacher: Megan is a junior nursing student at Illinois Wesleyan University. She plans to graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. After she graduates as an RN, BSN, she plans to continue her education to become an advanced practical nurse (APN). Megan is the daughter of Eric and Jennifer Schumacher of Mansfield. Morgan Workman: Morgan is currently finishing the last two semesters of the Occupational Therapy program at Indiana State University. She is at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria in a clinical rotation of rehabilitating upper extremity orthopedic conditions. She will then finish her clinical rotation at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon working in home health. She received her Master of Science in December 2021. Her career goal is to work in home health in rural communities. Morgan is the daughter of Michael Workman and Laura Clancy. F I R S T-T I ME R EC I P I ENT S : Maddison Burke: Maddison was enrolled in the RN to BSN program at Illinois State University. She graduated in December 2021. Maddison is the daughter of David and Stacy Burke of DeLand. Kierston Rogers: Kierston is enrolled at Parkland College in the Nursing Program. She plans to graduate in December of 2022. Her career goal is to become a registered nurse. Kierston is the daughter of Kyle and Kelly Rogers of Bement. Natalie Wilkin: Natalie started studying in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky in fall 2021. She plans to graduate with a PharmD and MBA using the dual degree program through the university. Her goal after graduation is to be accepted into a pharmacy residency program to pursue a career in hospital pharmacy. She is passionate about helping her community through healthcare and is looking forward to starting her professional career. Natalie is the daughter of Scott and Diana Wilkin. Lydia (Brewer) Strowmatt: Lydia is enrolled in the Nursing Program at Parkland College. She plans to graduate in May 2022. Her career goal is to become an orthopedic registered nurse. Lydia and her husband, Daniel, live in Monticello.
The Kirby u5iliary provides the Thomas i5on emorial Scholarships annually to area students who have an interest in pursuing a career in a medical field.
CONT I NU I NG R EC I P I ENT S : Kenneth David Alexander: David is a junior in the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Kentucky this fall. He plans to graduate in May 2023. David is the son of Angie Stanford of Monticello. Madison Blackburn: Madison graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience in May 2019. She is currently studying at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. She spent nine weeks in Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic for her first clinical rotation – and saw some remarkable Alaskan wildlife. Going forward, she plans to graduate from Washington University in May 2023 and subsequently take her board exams to begin work as a licensed physical therapist. Aside from her studies, she enjoys exercising, traveling and reading. She is very grateful for being awarded this scholarship that will help her keep her loan borrowing to a minimum. Madison is the daughter of Mark and Rebecca Blackburn of Monticello. Abigail Elston: Abigail is a junior at Eastern Illinois University, majoring in communication sciences and disorders. She plans to become a speech language pathologist. Abigail is the daughter of Christopher and Kathy Elston of Monticello. Claire Huisinga: Claire is enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at A.T. Still University in Missouri. Her career goal is to become a physical therapist. She plans to graduate in June 2023. Claire is the daughter of Gary and Annette Huisinga of Monticello. Madelynn Kallembach: Madelynn is enrolled in the Master of Athletic Training Graduate Program at Eastern Kentucky University. Her career goal is to become an
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