Wendover, Ky – The Frontier Nursing University (FNU) Courier Program hosted a celebratory Healthy Futures Fair Scholarship Dinner at the Wendover Bed & Breakfast and Retreat Center on Wednesday, May 15.
The dinner was held in celebration of three Leslie County, Ky, students who received scholarships for their efforts in an essay contest that was held as part of the Healthy Futures Fair. This annual event aims to educate students and members of Leslie County and surrounding communities about available educational resources, STEM careers, community resources and wellness.
The dinner honored the winners of the 2019 Healthy Futures Fair Essay Contest:
1st Place: Jace Morgan, Stinnett Elementary School ($475.00 Scholarship Award)
2nd Place: Madison Simpson, Leslie County High School ($325.00 Scholarship Award)
3rd Place: Madilyn Coleman, Stinnett Elementary School ($200.00 Scholarship Award)
Awards were given by Sarah Osborne, 21st Century coordinator with Mountain View Elementary whose organization co-hosts the Healthy Futures Fair annually, and Austyn Caudill, AmeriCorps VISTA and FNU Courier Program assistant. After being recognized for their achievements and receiving their prizes, students were invited to share what Healthy Futures means to them and how healthcare shapes their region and life experiences.
Dinner guests sat in the Wendover Big House living room while some of Leslie County’s brightest students shared their award-winning essays with the group.
Along with the essay contest winners’ families, notable guests included Tara Dykes-Barnes, FNU Courier Program Coordinator, and Debra Turner, Wendover Operations Manager. Several community members were also in attendance: Diane Whitehead, operations at Stinnett Area Community Center; Rita Collett, operations at Stinnett Area Community Center; and Patrick Smith with AmeriCorps VISTA.
Thank you to all those in the community who joined us for this event and the Healthy Futures Fair! Together, we are serving Appalachia!
To learn more about the FNU Courier Program, visit frontier.edu/courier-program.