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Q&A with staff scholarship winners

Every spring, Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America employees have the opportunity to apply for continuing education assistance awards. Sarah Oenning, PMMA’s development director, credits groups of private donors with the vision many years ago to set up endowments at some PMMA communities for employee education.

“It’s been a priority for a really long time,” Sarah said. “We know that donors saw that employee education was important and worth supporting. I have a vision for growing the endowed funds so that programs can be funded by returns on those investments. We have to be planting those seeds today. We’re having more conversations now with donors about what their gift is going to do. We want to do things that are going to impact the generation of tomorrow.”

Three of Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s very own were fortunate enough to receive funds this year, and we sat down with them to find out more about their goals for education. All three are pursuing associate degrees in nursing at Moberly Area Community College.

Bessie Boese, LPN, Unit Coordinator/ Medical Records (employee since 2005)

Why are you going back to school? To further my knowledge and abilities as a nurse to provide better care to my residents.

Anything else you would like to add? I love working for FPM. I really appreciate Presbyterian Manor giving me the scholarship to further my education so that I can further my career with FPM.

Elinda Trower, LPN (employee since 2012)

Why are you going back to school? I want to further my education and obtain my RN.

Anything else you would like to add? Thank you Presbyterian Manor for granting me the scholarship!

Shelly Mosley, LPN (employee since 2014)

Why are you going back to school? I want to get my RN so that I can further my career at Fulton Presbyterian Manor.

Anything else you would like to add? I would like to thank Presbyterian Manor for granting me the scholarship. I am blessed to work for such a wonderful company.

Congratulations to Bessie, Elinda, and Shelly, and all PMMA staff members who earned these coveted educational awards!

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