Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Jill Dreyer Scholarship awards for fall 2018

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018

A trio of registered nurses at Parkview Huntington Hospital – all looking toward to careers as family nurse practitioners has each been awarded a Jill Dreyer Scholarship for the fall 2018 semester. Justin Asher, Megan Krom and Kathleen Leckrone each received $1,000 toward their education costs for the current academic semester. The awards were announced by Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation, which administers the Jill Dreyer funds.

“Generous giving has allowed us to increase the number of Jill Dreyer Scholarships from two to three this year, and the amount of each scholarship has been increased,” Perkins said. “The program is an example of involvement by Parkview Huntington Hospital team members and members of the broader community. It is funded by gifts from co-workers during the foundation’s annual Employee Generosity Campaign, and by proceeds from the Parkview Huntington Community Gala.”

Asher, of Huntington, is a house supervisor at Parkview Huntington Hospital. He has been a nurse in the Inpatient Department and a member of the hospital’s Emergency Department nursing staff. Nine years of his decade-long nursing career have been spent at Parkview Huntington. He expects to receive his master’s degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner from Indiana Wesleyan University in the summer of 2020. He received the Jill Dreyer scholarships in 2014 and 2015 while working on his bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Krom, a resident of Urbana, has been a nurse leader with the Inpatient Department for the past four years – half her nursing career. This is her first Jill Dreyer Scholarship, and she will use it this fall as she begins her master’s degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner studies at the University of Saint Francis.

Leckrone, of Huntington, has been with the hospital’s Emergency Department for two years. She is working toward her master’s degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner through the University of Southern Indiana. She also received a Jill Dreyer Scholarship in the fall of 2017 and plans to receive her master’s next summer.

The scholarship program was established in 2004 in memory of the late Jill Dreyer, a Parkview Huntington Hospital nurse. It provides as many as six scholarships each year to full- and part-time Parkview Huntington Hospital employees pursuing a nursing education. It also is used to reimburse qualified candidates for fees incurred taking their final examination for various nursing certifications.

Since its inception, the Jill Dreyer Scholarship program has provided $31,000 in assistance to hospital employees.

The photo on the left shows Parkview Huntington Hospital registered nurses Megan Krom, left, and Justin Asher, right as they receive certificates and congratulations on being selected for Jill Dreyer scholarships from Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation. The right photo shows Kathleen Leckrone, RN, with Perkins. Both Leckrone and Asher have been awarded the Jill Dreyer scholarship multiple times. Recipients are chosen by a committee of PHH nurses that reviews the scholarship applications. The Parkview Huntington Foundation administers the scholarship funds.