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September 20, 2018

ThedaCare Foundation Waupaca Awards Scholarships

Five Waupaca area residents will receive support in pursuing their health degrees, thanks to the generous support of donors to the ThedaCare Foundation-Waupaca.

September 20th, 2018

Funds Allow Pursuit of Health-Related Degrees

Five Waupaca area residents will receive support in pursuing their health degrees, thanks to the generous support of donors to the ThedaCare Foundation-Waupaca.

The Foundation awarded a total of $5,000 toward tuition costs for new high school graduates and ThedaCare professionals pursuing continuing education.

“For some people, a scholarship is the difference between being able to attend school and receive healthcare education, or not,” said Jerene Managan, quality coordinator at ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca and a member of the scholarship selection committee. “These funds help offset tuition costs or cover important extras such as books and fees.”

Scholarships are an important way to support the ThedaCare mission of improving the communities’ health by helping staff and high school graduates gain new or additional training in their chosen fields, Managan said.

Recipients of the Dr. Marshall & Mary Boudry Memorial Scholarship, which was established in honor of longtime residents of the Waupaca area, are:

Alyssa Schroeder, a 2018 Waupaca High School graduate who is attending Marquette University for a Biomedical Sciences degree with the goal of becoming a Physician’s Assistant. Alyssa has an interest in dermatology and hopes to provide healthcare in a mission setting. Alyssa received $1,500.

Kristin Petkovsek, another 2018 Waupaca High School graduate, who is attending UW-Stevens Point to pursue a Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology degree. Kristin hopes to work in a hospital or clinic lab setting, with the ultimate goal of managing a lab. Kristin received $1,000.

Thomas Friday, a 2018 Wild Rose High School graduate and class valedictorian, who is attending UW-La Crosse for an Exercise and Sports Science-Physical/Health Education degree. His physical education teacher inspired him to pursue a similar role. Thomas received $500.

Recipients of the Nancy B. Salan Nursing Scholarship, established in honor of a well-known Waupaca area resident for her commitment to the nursing profession, are:


Jennifer Schroeder
, a current certified nursing assistant (CNA) at ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca, who is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) at NWTC. Jennifer is also the mother of Dr. Marshall & Mary Boudry Scholarship recipient Alyssa Schroeder. Jennifer received $1,000.

Nikki Kautz, a current CNA at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, who is also pursuing her BSN at UW-Oshkosh, with the goal of being an ER/ED nurse and eventually a nurse practitioner. Nikki received $1,000.

About ThedaCare
For more than 100 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to finding a better way to deliver serious and complex healthcare to patients throughout Northeast and Central Wisconsin. The organization serves over 200,000 patients annually and employs more than 6,700 healthcare professionals throughout the regions. ThedaCare has seven hospitals located in Appleton, Neenah, Berlin, Waupaca, Shawano, New London and Wild Rose as well as 31 clinics in nine counties. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving our specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a non-profit healthcare organization with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs as well as a foundation dedicated to community service.