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Education assistance fund winners

[caption id="attachment_6064" align="aligncenter" width="625"] From left, Allison Beales, Kelsie Hall and Ana Arvelo.[/caption]

Three employees at Salina Presbyterian Manor will receive assistance to continue their education through Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America’s Employee Education Assistance program.

Allison Beales

CNA in health care, pursuing LPN.

Employee since 2016. What made you decide to advance your education?

I have wanted to be a nurse since my grandpa was on hospice when I was in fourth grade. I have always loved helping people, especially older people. I love hearing their stories, and their outlooks on life make me realize how special people and experiences really are. I feel like getting my LPN is the best stepping stone to getting some experience before getting my RN.

How will this scholarship award make a difference for you?

This scholarship makes it possible to continue my education without having to worry about the amount of debt I would go in. I’ve been paying out of pocket since last summer so this will help me out tremendously both financially and emotionally.

How will this new certification help you in your career?

Gaining the knowledge to provide better care to our residents. I plan to eventually bridge over and get my RN certification.

Kelsie Hall

CMA and transportation aide in assisted living, pursuing LPN. Employee since 2013.

What made you decide to advance your education?

Nursing runs in my family. After getting my CNA and CMA in high school I have now decided to go to school to get my LPN and maybe bridge to my RN.

How will this award make a difference for you?

It really helps me financially by helping me pay off my loans after I graduate. Any money helps!

Ana Arvelo

Dining services assistant and salad cook, serving in the dining room and Ivory Keys Café. Employee since 2015.

What made you decide to advance your education?

I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy when I became a baker, and when that happened I looked into the food science degree. Kansas State University was the only program that I could do online, so I moved back to Salina from Chicago and started my general education requirements.

How will this award make a difference for you?

It’s huge. It will pay for one-third of this semester’s tuition.

How will this new degree help you in your career?

It will help me get into research and development science and lab, which is what I’m going for. You have to have the food science degree to get there.

My favorite thing about working here is the people in the kitchen, management and in health care. Everyone genuinely wants to work together and take care of the residents. The residents are awesome!

The education assistance program provides funds to employees for accredited educational programs leading to a certification, license or degree. Applications are accepted and reviewed every spring. To be eligible, employees must have been employed at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for at least one year at the time the award is made (usually mid-summer). Funds are paid after the successful completion (a “C” grade or higher) of the approved course and can be used to cover tuition, fees and books.

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