Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Thirty-three chosen for RHOP

Mar 12, 2020

CHADRON – Twenty-four Nebraska high school students have been selected as participants in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) at Chadron State College. Additionally, nine high school students were selected as alternates.

According to Director of Health Professions Kristal Kuhnel, one interviewer from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) said this year’s interview pool is the strongest in their 18 years of involvement with RHOP.

Students selected as participants in the program receive a full tuition scholarship. Students complete pre-professional education at CSC with pre-admittance to UNMC. Often, alternates become participants before their time at CSC is completed, according to Kuhnel.

Founded in 1989, RHOP is a collaborative program between Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After earning their professional degrees, RHOP participants are expected and encouraged to return to rural Nebraska to provide quality health care.

Dentistry participants

Big Springs, Kaylee Kizer

Gothenburg, Jamie Graff

Sidney, Jaylee Shaw

Dentistry alternate

Hastings, Tagg Pershing

Medicine participants

Columbus, Emma Stewart

Dunning, Bryan Zutavern

Loup City, Creighton Harrington

North Platte, Caleb Tegtmeier

Wausa, William Hagge

Medicine alternates

Big Springs, Kristie Hill

Grand Island, Trystan Davies

Harrison, Allen McCumbers

Hastings, Grace Redinger

Mitchell, Blake Thyne

Norfolk, Jalen Hoffman

Nursing participants

Chadron, Kaitlyn Jensen, Mikayla Wild

Chambers, Samuel Jesse

Hastings, Timothy Birky

Merriman, Elizabeth Hooper

Ogallala, Jaelynn Hemphill

Scottsbluff, Sarah Salomon

Wallace, Jerad Phillips

Nursing alternate

Bridgeport, Jenna Mitchell

Physician Assistant participants

Hershey, Carlee Brownawell

Gering, Riley Gaudreault

Madrid, Quinn Koop

Physician Assistant alternates

Neligh, Gale Collin

Pharmacy participants

Gering, Douglas Meyers

Indianola, Johanna Sughroue

Physical Therapy participants

Loup City, Ashley Dearmont

Norfolk, Katherine Meuret

Radiography participant

Eustis, Sydney Vhlidal

—Olivia Bryant, College Relations