WHMS Foundation and Keating Scholarship Award Winners Named

Friday, February 11, 2022

The West Holt Medical Services Foundation is excited to announce Emily Burk and Megan Nachtman as the winners of the WHMS Foundation scholarship for the spring semester, and Ellie Burkinshaw and Leighton Mlday as this years recipients of the Dolores Batenhorst Keating Scholarship.

Burk graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan in December with a Biology degree, and began the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Program in January. She plans to continue on to become a CRNA after obtaining her BSN.  

“Surgery has always been an interest of mine and becoming a CRNA will allow me to be a part of surgeries firsthand and as well as many other areas that career encompasses,” said Burk. “I have experienced and seen first-hand what rural communities can achieve and would like to be a part of expanding West Holt  Medical Services.”  

Nachtman graduated from Stuart High School in 2018, and is currently pursuing a Health Information Management degree from Central Community College. After graduating in May, she hopes to find a job close to her hometown of Stuart using her HIM education. 

Burkinshaw is a 2020 Graduate of West Holt High School in Atkinson and is currently pursuing becoming a Registered Nurse at Northeast Community College.  

“Working as a CNA really sparked my interest in becoming a nurse. I knew I wanted to further my education to be able to help people even more,” says Burkinshaw. Covid has had a great effect on healthcare workers. For me, it has only driven me harder to be come a nurse. We need nurses now more than ever.” 

Mlady is a 2019 grad of West Holt and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Mount Marty University in Yankton and plans to continue her education to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

“ My future plans are to come back to a rural community to begin my career. It is important to give back to these smaller communities which have given me so much,” says Mlady.  

For more information about scholarship opportunities through West Holt Medical Services Foundation click here or call (402) 925-1956.