Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kennedy, Parker Receive VNA Scholarships

Congratulations to Elizabeth Kennedy (PT '13) and Larry Parker (PT '14) for being the 2011 Rockhurst PT recipients of $2,000 scholarships awarded by the Visiting Nurse Association of Kansas City. Elizabeth and Larry were honored, along with recipients from other Kansas City area healthcare education programs, at a reception at the Visiting Nurse Association's Kansas City headquarters on August 11, 2011.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) was Kansas City's first home health care agency. Established in 1891, VNA provides quality multi-disciplinary home health care to residents of Kansas City and the surrounding metropolitan area.

In summer 2010, VNA established two scholarships to support nontraditional students in the Rockhurst PT program who are pursuing a career change by entering the physical therapy program. The scholarships are designed to support the students as they change careers and to encourage consideration of home health therapy as an employment option after graduation. VNA will continue to award two $2,000 scholarships annually to qualified students in the Rockhurst physical therapy program.

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Larry for not only receiving the scholarships, but also for choosing to pursue careers in physical therapy.

Scholarship recipients pose with Richard Roberson, CEO of the VNA organization, at the reception on August 11. Front row (L to R): Elizabeth Kennedy (PT), Robyn Dostal (OT), Emma Tosatto (OT). Back row (L to R): Richard Roberson (VNA), Larry Parker (PT), Natalie Lewis (OT).