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Merlin Brondum Memorial Scholarship

Merlin Brondum passed away on March 15, 2003 after a brief illness at the age of 49. Merlin worked at the Pender Community Hospital for 27 years, most of which were as the Director of the Laboratory. Merlin was a dedicated professional who will best be remembered by the PCH staff as a friend and family member.

This $2500 scholarship will be awarded in Merlin's name to a college student who has been accepted or enrolled into an allied healthcare course of study. Examples include schools of Nursing, Medical Technology, Radiographic Technology, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy. The recipient must be a resident of Thurston, Cuming, Burt, Dixon, Dakota, or Wayne counties.

This scholarship is established in memory of Merlin Brondum's dedication to rural healthcare. The sponsoring organizations include the Pender Community Hospital, Pender Community HealthCare Foundation, Pender Medical Clinic and Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City.

The application form is available online (link located below) or by calling the hospital at 402-385-4005. Criteria for selection include academic performance, healthcare experience, financial need, career objective in rural health care and school/community involvement. Applications are due April 30 and will be announced in May. All applications should be sent to:

Merlin Brondum Memorial Scholarship
Pender Community Hospital
Attn: Kelly Kaup
PO Box 100
Pender, NE 68047



To complete an online application please read the following information.
Then click on the online application link, located below.


  1. The applicant must be a resident of Thurston, Cuming, Burt, Dixon, Dakota or Wayne Counties.
  2. The applicant must be enrolled in an allied healthcare course of study. Examples include schools of Nursing, Medical Technology, Radiographic Technology, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy.
  3. The applicant must have graduated from high school and have completed 30 hours of college credit. Eligibility for scholarship assistance is extended to both traditional and non-traditional students.
  4. The deadline for completing and submitting the application and associated paperwork is April 30th.
  5. The scholarship application may be completed online or mailed to:
                             Merlin Brondum Memorial Scholarship
                             Pender Community Hospital
                             Attn: Kelly Kaup
                             PO Box 100
                             Pender, NE 68047

  6. A copy of the acceptance letter or notification of acceptance into an Allied Healthcare course of study (Examples include schools of Nursing, Medical Technology, Radiographic Technology, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy), and a copy of your college transcript should also be sent to the address listed in step 5.
  7. A Committee that includes one person from each sponsoring organization makes the selection. Selection will be made and announced in May each year.
  8. The Merlin Brondum Memorial Scholarship will be $2500.
  9. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, race, creed, religion, national origin, gender, or physical disability.


CRITERIA

Criteria that will be considered include academic performance, interest in pursuing a rural healthcare career, enrollment in an allied healthcare profession, school and community activities and financial need.

Academic Performance: 25 %
Healthcare Experience: 25 %
Financial Need: 20 %
Career Objective In Health As It Benefits Rural Areas: 20 %
Community Activities: 10 %
TOTAL: 100%

Allied Health Profession Examples:
Nursing
Medical Technology
Radiographic Technology
Ultrasonography
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
Pharmacy

PROVIDE A COPY OF THE LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE INTO THE ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAM.

Click here to complete an online application or you can pick up a form at the registration desk in the hospital lobby. If you need a form mailed, please contact Kelly Kaup at 402-385-4005 or by email at kaupk@mercyhealth.com.