From left, Nick Anderson announces the scholarship; Sister Joyce Lehman calls Sister Alice to the podium; Sister Alice gives the opening prayer; Nick Anderson, Sisters Alice and Joyce. Michelle Bodine photos.
Maria Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has honored a longtime employee and volunteer with a scholarship program in her name.
Precious Blood Sister Alice (Rose Miriam) Schoettelkotte has served in various capacities at the Maria Joseph Center for 37 years, primarily in pastoral and spiritual care. The Sister Alice Schoettelkotte Scholarship will provide grants to local high school students, as well as current employees of the Maria Joseph Center.
“Sister Alice embodies the compassionate, listening presence one would hope for in a caregiver. We hope that the recipients of the scholarships will progress not only professionally, but also in their commitment and care for others, inspired by Sister Alice,” said Sister Joyce Lehman, President of the Congregation.
The scholarship is available to seniors at Trotwood-Madison and Northmont high schools who wish to pursue studies for State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) certification. MJC employees who wish to gain further education in their field and advance professionally within the organization may also apply. Grants will cover both tuition and test fees.
MJC administrator Nick Anderson said he believes it is important to invest not only in the center’s facilities, but also its people — and that Sister Alice’s years of dedication made naming the scholarship program for her a “no-brainer.”
For more information, both students and employees may contact Anderson at 937-278-2692.
– Story by Mary Knapke