CHADRON – Chadron State College’s 2017 Rural Health Opportunities (RHOP) recipients, including 20 students in eight health career fields, have been announced.
The selections were based on college entrance examination scores, academic success and leadership exhibited throughout their high school careers and personal interviews.
RHOP began in 1990 as a joint venture between CSC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center to help counter the shortage of medical professionals in rural Nebraska. Graduates of RHOP are encouraged and expected to return to rural areas of Nebraska to practice.
Student participants in the program complete pre-professional training at CSC with guaranteed pre-admittance to one of the UNMC sites if the program’s standards are met. Dental students will take advanced training in Lincoln, the nursing students in Scottsbluff, dental hygiene students in Gering and others in Omaha.
Kristal Kuhnel, director of the health professions program, said she was amazed at the maturity and organizational skills of the prospective students throughout the application process.
“They are a great group of students and we look forward to having them here in August,” Kuhnel said.
Faculty members Dr. Mathew Brust, Dr. Ann Buchmann, Dr. Joyce Hardy, Dr. Wendy Jamison, Dr. Tim Keith and Dr. Zachary Varpness participated in the selection process and interviews.
Shelby Richards, Brule
Taylor Whetham, Morrill
Thomas Eckmann, West Point
Cael Sudbeck, Wynot
Rebecca Hiatt, Spencer
Alisha Huynh, Scottsbluff
Roma Rodriguez, Hastings
Brawly Taylor, Fremont
Mikhail Thanawalla, Gering
Myia Hamaker, Chadron
Kaitlyn Haug, Chadron
Maggie Morris, Sutherland
Trey Thayer, Harrison
Katherine Homan, Creighton
Emily Hand, Columbus
Madison Watson, Mitchell
John Gill, Auburn
Riley Hall, Bridgeport
Brooke Charmosta, Ravenna
Alicia Brown-Kasten, Big Springs
—Kelsey Brummels, College Relations
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