7 Marion County students among Blessing-Rieman nursing students receiving more than $1,079,000 in financial assistance

Posted: Dec. 12, 2016 12:47 pm

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences, in cooperation with The Blessing Foundation, has awarded $1,079,745 in scholarships and grants to Blessing-Rieman students for the 2016-2017 academic year. Sixty-one students, including seven students from Marion County, received money from 36 endowed scholarships and one general financial aid fund.

Marion County students receiving scholarships included:

  • Abigail Conn and Emily Hancock, of Palmyra, receivied funds from the Charles M. and Dorothy Briggs Scholarship Award.

  • Gussie Shemwell, of Palmyra, received a Mary Lou (Groves) Tuttle Scholarship. Tuttle was a 1938 graduate of the Blessing School of Nursing. She passed away in January 2004.

  • Kristen Murphy, of Palmyra, received the Bill and Zig Brown Scholarship. Zig Brown served Blessing for 42 years, beginning as a staff nurse and retiring as Human Resources Vice President for Blessing Corporate Services. The scholarship was established in memory of her husband, Bill Brown.

  • Jennifer Frame, of Hannibal, earned the Dr. James and Dorothy Rouner Scholarship. The late Dr. Rouner served Quincy area patients for 54 years in general practice and was a founder of the Physicians & Surgeons Clinic.

  • Bowen Juette, of Palmyra, earned the Dr. Peter and Mary Leffman Scholarship. Dr. Leffman was a longtime Quincy otolaryngologist, retiring in 1997. He and his wife remain active in Hospital and community projects.

  • Sarah Frankenbach, of Palmyra, received the Carol Carter Scholarship. This award was begun by Bob G. Carter in memory of his wife and in honor of the years of care the Pittsfield couple received at Blessing Hospital.

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with partner institutions Quincy University, Quincy, Ill., and Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Mo. Blessing-Rieman also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree, an online RN to BSN program and an Associate of Science in Respiratory Care degree.

Blessing-Rieman is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and is approved by the State Boards of Nursing in Illinois and Missouri. The College also held the National League for Nursing’s Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation.

The Blessing Foundation, Inc., raises, manages and disburses privately donated gifts to Blessing Health System affiliates to improve the quality, depth and scope of health services available to residents of the region.


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