When Kate Koors enrolled at Indiana University for undergraduate studies, she knew she was interested in medicine but didn't know what major to pursue. She tried biology and couldn't see herself working in a lab. Then she took a class in adaptive physical education. She was hooked! Paired with a developmentally delayed consumer, the goal was to increase the consumer's physical abilities through a non-traditional approach to physical education. The experience brought together for Kate the basics of what makes her happy: helping others and medicine. She graduated from IU with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology.
Kate is now a first year med student at the Muncie campus of the IU School of Medicine, thanks in part to a gift from the Howard Regional Health System Foundation's Maude Kelley Scholarship Fund.
Kate intends to become a pediatric physiatrist and practice in Kokomo, hopefully at Howard Regional!
The Maude Kelley Scholarship Fund was established at the Foundation in 1991 by Ed Kelley in memory of his mother. The Fund is intended to give financial support to students in any of the various medical fields who intend to practice in Kokomo after their studies.
The Dr. Robert F. Miller Continuing Education Grant Fund was established by the Foundation in 2006. Its focus is to provide continuing education opportunities for Howard Regional Health System employees who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in new areas.
Through these two funds, the Foundation is able to ensure quality health care in Kokomo now and in the future.