Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Foundation and Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Volunteer Services are proud to play a role in developing the next generation of health care leaders and employees through the hospital scholarship program.
This spring Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Foundation enthusiastically awarded $81,000 to 33 students pursuing health care and health science degrees. For more than 50 years, Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital and the foundation have annually supported local students and hospital staff members studying health care related fields. Some students are at the beginning of their studies while others are advancing their knowledge and expertise in order to better perform their jobs.
When the scholarship program started in 1970, scholarships were given to four recipients totaling $400. This long tradition of support has translated into $1.4 million awarded to more than 500 recipients over the last 52 years.
2022 Scholarship Award Winners
The foundation awarded 12 special scholarships to local students and staff members. These scholarships are purposeful stories of donors giving back to the hospital by investing in the future while also recognizing outstanding individuals.
Robert and Lydia Charlebois Scholarship
Established by Bobbie Sanders, retired director of surgery services, the scholarship honors Bobbie’s grandparents who inspired her life. Awarded annually to a current employee pursuing a career in health care.
Recipient: Rebecca Tetzlaff, advanced practice acute care nurse at Purdue University Global, current Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital
Rochell M. Davis Scholarship
Established in 2022 by Menomonee Falls residents Mark and Rochell Davis for students pursuing a career in health care whose path to higher education may be challenging and who demonstrate a strong work ethic and determination to succeed through work commitments, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
Recipients: Mackenzie Brandt, nursing, MSOE; and John Nieskes, psychiatry/mental health services, Cuyahoga Community College, Ohio
Richard J. Freiberg Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2022 by Kerry Freiberg in memory of Richard J. Freiberg, this scholarship is annually awarded to a student with outstanding academic achievement who is pursuing a degree in health care from Marquette University (Rick’s alma mater).
Recipient: Cameron Hoffman, nursing, Marquette University
Ruth and Robert Holming Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2021 by Kathleen Holming in memory of her parents who were Brookfield residents. Ruth and Robert valued education and were grateful for the care provided at Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital. This scholarship is annually awarded to students pursuing health care careers.
Recipient: Gabriella Keidl, biology, UW-Oshkosh
Jackie Irwin Scholarship
Jackie was the night supervisor of patient care from 1964 to 1992. Awarded annually to a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing who shows connection to purpose, leadership and generosity
Recipient: Olubunmi Orunmoluyi, nursing, Concordia University
Gladys Joecks Memorial Scholarship
Longtime residents of Lannon, the Joecks were grateful the hospital provided wonderful care to their families. When Gladys Joecks died, the family donated to the hospital in her honor, providing seed money for the hospital scholarship fund.
Recipient: Calvin Dassow, anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Komas Family Nursing Scholarship
Froedtert Health supporter Ron Komas’ wife Kathy died from cancer in 2002. He often talks about nurses as true caregivers because of their connections with patients. Awarded annually to current hospital staff members pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Recipients: Ellen Baumann, nursing, UW-Madison; and Ella Karll, nursing, Wisconsin Lutheran College
Robert P. McManus, MD, Scholarship
Established in memory of Dr. McManus, who directed the Heart Transplant Program at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin and served the greater Milwaukee area for more than 30 years.
Recipient: Amy Simon, nursing, Moraine Park Technical College
Pamela Parker Scholarship
Pamela Parker, RN, the second employee hired prior to the hospital opening, was the visionary who assisted in expanding the hospital brick by brick. From the physical structure to the programs and services, Mrs. Parker’s leadership built a community hospital that is known for delivering exceptional care to patients. Established after her second retirement, the scholarship recognizes a nursing student with generosity of spirit and participation in community projects.
Recipient: Abigail Hughes, nursing, UW-Oshkosh
Poehl Family Scholarship
Longtime supporters of Community Memorial Hospital when it first opened in 1964, the Poehl Family created this scholarship for a staff member pursing a degree in health care.
Recipient: Abigail Poehlman, physical therapy, Concordia University
Dennis M. Pollard Physical Therapy Scholarship
Established in 2022 and named in honor of the former president of Community Memorial Hospital and Community Memorial Foundation and longtime Froedtert Health leader, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a career in physical therapy.
Recipient: Cameron Greiten, exercise science and pre-physical therapy, Carroll University
Marguerite Preuss Scholarship
Established by Marguerite’s son, Kevin Preuss, MD, this scholarship encourages and provides support to a staff member wishing to advance health care career opportunities.
Recipient: Emily McCann, nursing, Alverno College