Recipients of St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary 2016 Scholarships Announced

COLUMBUS, NC - St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary has announced the recipients of its 2016 scholarship awards, with the Health Career Scholarship going to Jessica Bailey and the Katherine Kirby Nursing Scholarship going to Lindsey Stechschulte.

Bailey, daughter of James and Connie Bailey of Mill Spring, is a 2016 graduate of Polk County High School (PCHS). While at PCHS, she was a member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and HOSA, an organization for future healthcare professionals. Bailey served as secretary of HOSA during the 2015-16 academic year. She has volunteered with Hospice of Rutherford County and received varsity letters in cross-country and track. In her free time, Bailey enjoys reading, running, and dancing.

She plans to attend Salem College in the fall with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician.

Stechschulte, daughter of Brian Stechschulte of Tryon and Stacy Evans of Columbus, is the recipient of the 2016 Katherine Kirby Nursing Scholarship. As a student of PCHS, she participated in HOSA, Science Olympiads, and the Humane Society Club where she served as president. Stechschulte is active in her church youth group and has accrued many volunteer hours with various community organizations, working at school blood drives, with the Humane Society, and as a fifth grade classroom volunteer. She received the Columbia Scholars Award, First Place JV Forensics in the Science Olympiad, and First Place Varsity in Write It Do It in the Science Olympiad. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, acting, and singing.

Stechschulte plans to attend UNC-Charlotte in the fall with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.

"Healthcare, as a profession, changes every day, so it's imperative that we foster the next generation of nurses, doctors, and health workers," Anne Laubengeiger of St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, said. "That's what these scholarships do; they encourage the up-and-coming leaders and healers of the industry. We're proud of Jessica and Lindsey, and we know they're ready for bright futures."

The Katherine Kirby Nursing Scholarship is administered by the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF), and winners are chosen by the St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary. The scholarship is named for long-time Tryon resident Katherine Kirby who, along with family members Dave and Adie Kirby, began making donations to PCCF in 1992 that collectively became The Kirby Endowment Fund. The Nursing Scholarship is one of more than 25 different funds established by the Kirby family. Katherine passed away in 2008 at the age of 98.

To be eligible for a St. Luke's Hospital Auxiliary scholarship, students must have at least a B average (3.0 GPA), plan to study for a career in the healthcare industry, and be a graduate of Polk County or Landrum High School. Applications are available in both school's guidance offices in early January each year and are due by March 1.

For more information, call (828) 894-0895.


Lindsey Stechschulte

Jessica Bailey