CHI St. Joseph’s Health Awards $23,000 in Scholarships

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June 12, 2023

PARK RAPIDS, MN (June 12, 2023) – In May, CHI St. Joseph’s Health awarded $23,000 in scholarships to 23 students in the Park Rapids, Nevis, Menahga, Sebeka, Laporte and Walker/Akeley/Hackensack communities.

The goal of our scholarship program is to help area students who are pursuing healthcare careers and have an interest in rural healthcare. It is our hope that these future healthcare providers will choose to return to our area to serve our future patients.

Our scholarship program is funded through our annual Gathering on the Greens Golf Benefit, which benefits both Foundation and Hospice Care. These funds are combined with generous donations from CHI St. Joseph’s Health employees and memorials honoring Brian Koria and Laurie Hohnstadt. Laurie was a nurse at CHI St. Joseph’s Health and Brian was a Health Unit Coordinator/Nursing Assistant in the Emergency Department. This year’s recipients are…

Laurie Hohnstadt Scholarship – $1,000

Avery Cederstrom – Park Rapids Area High School

Brian Koria Scholarship – $1,000

Haley Koons – Menahga Public School

Natalie Backmann – Park Rapids Area High School

Graduating Senior Scholarship – $1,000

Hailey Hofer – Menahga Public School

Riley Schauer – Menahga Public School

Gretchen Mayer – Menahga Public School

Liddy DeWulf – Nevis High School

Molly Lindow – Nevis High School

Autumn Kietzman – Park Rapids Area High School

Emma Vrieze – Park Rapids Area High School

Massie Lee – Park Rapids Area High School

Kassidy Ennen – Park Rapids Area High School

Mikailey Clark – Park Rapids Area High School

Julia Harmon – Park Rapids Area High School

Carter Schultz – Park Rapids Area High School

Olivia Davis- Park Rapids Area High School

Daphney Rathcke – Sebeka Public School

Eva Erickson – Sebeka Public School

Maci Lake – Sebeka Public School

Karalyn Oberfell- Walker- Hackensack- Akeley

Natalie Resch-Seely – Walker- Hackensack- Akeley

Sophia Landreville – Walker- Hackensack- Akeley

Alexa Johannsen – Walker- Hackensack- Akeley


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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