CHI St. Joseph’s Health Awards $11,000 in Scholarships to Future Healthcare Leaders.

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May 23, 2024

PARK RAPIDS, MN (May 23, 2024) – CHI St. Joseph’s Health is proud to announce the awarding of $11,000 in scholarships to 11 deserving students pursuing healthcare careers in the Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka, Laporte, and Walker/Akeley/Hackensack communities.

This scholarship program reflects CHI St. Joseph’s commitment to fostering the next generation of healthcare professionals and ensuring access to quality care in rural communities. By supporting students with a passion for serving their communities, the program aims to attract talented individuals to return to the area and address the growing need for healthcare providers.

“We are incredibly proud to support these outstanding students as they embark on their journeys in healthcare,” said Ben Koppelman, President of CHI St. Joseph’s Health. “Their dedication to serving others and their commitment to rural healthcare is inspiring. We are confident they will make a significant impact on the lives of patients in our communities.”

The scholarship program is funded through the annual Gathering on the Greens Golf Benefit, which benefits both the CHI St. Joseph’s Health Foundation and Hospice Care. Additionally, generous donations from CHI St. Joseph’s Health employees and memorials honoring Brian Koria and Laurie Hohnstadt contribute to the program’s success. Laurie was a dedicated nurse at CHI St. Joseph’s Health, and Brian was a valued Health Unit Coordinator/Nursing Assistant in the Emergency Department. Their legacies continue to inspire and support future healthcare professionals.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

Laurie Hohnstadt Scholarship – $1,000

Noah Huot- Park Rapids Area High School

Brian Koria Scholarship – $1,000

Kinsey Skoog- Menahga Public School

Graduating Senior Scholarship – $1,000

Austin Ahrendt – Nevis High School

Owen DeWitt – Nevis High School

Caitlyn Stute – Nevis High School

Gretchen Turney- Walker- Hackensack- Akeley

Macy Lund – Park Rapids Area High School

Kilea Persons – Park Rapids Area High School

Madelyn Evink – Park Rapids Area High School

Avery Stuemke – Park Rapids Area High School

Brianna George – Sebeka Public School

CHI St. Joseph’s Health congratulates all the scholarship recipients and wishes them the best in their academic pursuits. We look forward to welcoming them back to our communities as future healthcare leaders.


About CHI St. Joseph’s Health

CHI St. Joseph’s Health is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving communities in Hubbard, Becker, Cass and Wadena Counties since 1946. In recent years, CHI St. Joseph’s Health’s award-winning teams received several national honors including: The Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in surgery; Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, HealthStrong; WomenCertified’s America’s Best Hospitals Women’s Choice Award in obstetrics; and the Studer Group Fire Starter Healthcare Organization of the Month among other national, regional and state recognitions.

About CHI

Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, was formed in 1996 to strengthen the Catholic health ministry for the future. With deep roots in the tradition of expressing Christ’s love by caring for those in need, Catholic Health Initiatives serves more than four million people each year through acute care hospitals; long-term care, assisted and residential-living facilities; community-based health services; home care; research and development; and reference laboratory services.


Contact: Sonja Day
Communication/Marketing Manager
CHI St. Joseph’s Health
600 Pleasant Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470

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