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Jill Dreyer Scholarships for fall awarded

Megan Friesen
Megan Friesen

Three Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) caregivers pursuing nursing degrees have been awarded Jill Dreyer Scholarships for the fall 2021 academic semester.

Hayley Coolman, Jaeden Younce and Megan Friesen, BSN, RN, will each receive $1,000 toward their education costs.

Coolman, a Warren resident, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Ball State University, Muncie. She has been with Parkview Health for 18 months as a patient care technician and six years as a certified nursing assistant. She is a member of the hospital’s Inpatient Services team.

Younce is a Bachelor of Science in nursing candidate at Indiana University - Kokomo. She lives in Lafontaine and is a patient care technician with the hospital’s Inpatient team. This is her first year in healthcare.

Friesen is working toward a Master of Science in nursing (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) at Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis. She lives in Huntington and has been at PHH for the past six years of her 16-year nursing career. She is an Emergency Department team member.

The awards were announced by Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation, which administers the Jill Dreyer funds.

“The Jill Dreyer Scholarship is funded by Parkview Huntington Hospital co-worker giving as well as by support from the community this hospital serves,” Perkins said. “It is an excellent example of generosity at work in healthcare.”

The scholarship program was established in 2004 in memory of the late Jill Dreyer, a caring and dedicated Parkview Huntington Hospital nurse. It provides as many as six scholarships each year to full- and part-time PHH employees pursuing a nursing education. It also is used to reimburse qualified candidates for fees incurred taking their final examination for various nursing certifications.

Since its inception, the Jill Dreyer Scholarship program has provided $45,000 in assistance to Parkview Huntington Hospital co-workers, enabling them to enhance their skills and elevate their practice of medicine, providing higher-quality care for patients.