Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Foundation is proud to play a role in developing the next generation of health care leaders and employees through the longtime scholarship program. This spring Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital Foundation enthusiastically awarded $92,000 to 32 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 530 recipients over the last 53 years.
Applications for the 2024 awards open on Dec. 1, 2023.
2023 Scholarship Award Winners
Heidi Van Gorder
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: Ashley Livermore, surgical technology, Waukesha County Technical College
Donald & Carol Dati Family Scholarship
Established in 2023 by Gregg Dati and Janine Baudhuin in honor of their parents Donald and Carol Dati in gratitude for the care they received at the hospital. This scholarship is awarded annually to a nursing student.
Recipient: Sierra Hoefs, nursing, Waukesha County Technical College
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: Adriyana Armstrong, psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Mackenize Brandt, Nursing, MSOE; Cordero McCall, orthopedic surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin
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: Lauren Miller, doctorate in physical therapy, 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: Heidi Van Gorder, doctorate in nursing, University of Phoenix
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: Amra Lord, master’s in nursing, Grand Canyon 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: Akhil Pidikiti, cellular & molecular biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
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: Ella Karll, nursing, Wisconsin Lutheran College; Miranda McAndrews, nursing, Carroll University; Ava Sardina, nursing, Xavier University
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: Crystal Winter, master’s in nursing, Capella University
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: Camryn Weiss, nursing, University of Wisconsin -- Madison
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: Michael Doese, physical therapy, Marantha Baptist University; Alicia Holzem, physical therapy& exercise science, 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: Arielle Pratt, occupational therapy, Mount Mary University