UM Health-Sparrow Ionia awards scholarships to students

Published: June 11, 2024

IONIA, MI – University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Ionia has awarded $1,000 scholarships to five Ionia County high school students who intend to pursue higher education in a health-related field.

The scholarships are being awarded with the hope of supporting the graduates in achieving their goals and, in turn, encouraging them to assist UM Health-Sparrow Ionia’s highly skilled team members in their efforts to provide leading-edge and compassionate care close to home.

2024 UM Health-Sparrow Health Care Scholarship recipients for Ionia County are:

  • Briana Barnes, of Saranac, who plans to study Nursing at Grand Valley State University.
  • Alaina Forist, of Portland, who plans to study Nurse Anesthesiology at Michigan State University.
  • Natalie Hafner, of Pewamo, who plans to study Pre-Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University.
  • Rylee Scheurer, of Portland, who plans to study Nursing at Oakland University.
  • Kayla Sterzick, of Lowell, who plans to study Neuroscience at the University of Michigan.
UM Health-Sparrow Ionia Scholarships - June 2024

Celebrating their University of Michigan Health-Sparrow Health Care Scholarships are Ionia County students (front row, left to right) Natalie Hafner, Briana Barnes, Kayla Sterzick, Rylee Scheurer and Alaina Forist and (back row, left to right) UM Health-Sparrow Ionia Chief Nursing Officer Tiffany Friar, Ionia Mayor John Milewski II, UM Health-Sparrow Ionia President Linda Reetz and UM Health-Sparrow Ionia Director of Operations Steve Dexter.

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