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Community Health Network Foundation announces winners of the It’s Our Community scholarship program; 12 high school seniors awarded $3,000 scholarships

For release: 5/3/2007

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Community Health Network, awarded twelve area high school students a $3,000 scholarship to an Indiana college or university during a news conference at Community Hospital North on Thursday, May 3, 2007.  The scholarships are part of the It’s Our Community scholarship program, funded for the second consecutive year by the foundation.  Students receiving the scholarships plan to major in a life science course of study.


“This is another example of being committed to touching the community that we serve,” said J. William Kingston, president of the Community Health Network Foundation.  “We are proud to help advance these exceptional students in their careers to sustain the life sciences for the future.”


Twelve students from 24 participating schools were chosen as winners, following personal interviews and other criteria based on academic performance, community service, school activities, letters of reference and an essay on why they chose a life science career path.  Community Hospitals East, North and South awarded scholarships to select schools in their areas.  Winners were required to show proof of acceptance to an Indiana college or university for the fall semester.


The It’s Our Community scholarship program began in 2004 as a way to encourage Indiana college students to receive their secondary education in Indiana, with the aim of discouraging “brain drain” and encouraging students to live and work in the state.  The goal of the program is to retain the area’s top students to fill needed health care positions in the future.


The Indianapolis-area winners announced at a news conference at the new CommunityHospital North include:



Samuel Kiper

LawrenceCentralHigh School




Brittany Gookins

NoblesvilleHigh School


Biology, chemistry or physics


Catherine Kennedy

HamiltonHeightsHigh School


Biology, anthropology and public health


Chernor Jalloh

BroadRippleHigh School





Sarah Forgey

New PalestineHigh School

University of Indianapolis

Human biology and physical therapy


Katherine Massey

New PalestineHigh School




Rachel Newkirk

BishopChatardHigh School

St. Mary’s College



Abby Tucher

New PalestineHigh School

University of Evansville




Jacob Ezell

RoncalliHigh School


Biology, pre-med, psychology


Leisa Parks

SouthportHigh School


Nursing and Spanish


Laura Mountel

RoncalliHigh School




Thomas Gaither

PerryMeridianHigh School




Community Health Network Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that has been part of Community Health Network since 1976, supports initiatives that improve the health of communities in central Indiana.  This includes supporting the delivery of compassionate care and enhancing the exceptional patient and family experience provided at Community Health Network sites of care, as well as helping create a strong healthcare workforce through nursing education, scholarships and workforce fitness opportunities.  Community Health Network Foundation’s fund-raising efforts, volunteers and financial support are fundamental to Community Health Network’s growth and advancement. For more information about Community Health Network Foundation or ways you can get involved, call 317-355-5261 or visit



Lynda de Widt
Media Relations
Community Health Network

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