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Cass Community Health Foundation expands student scholarship program

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (January 8, 2016) - Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) is expanding its support of Cass County youth by providing nursing and healthcare scholarships to students from six additional local high schools.

Students from Archie High School, Cass Midway High School, Drexel High School, Harrisonville High School, Pleasant Hill High School and Sherwood Cass High School are now eligible to apply. Individual scholarships range from $500-$1,250 and are available to students pursuing degrees in nursing or other health related fields. Preference will be given to students studying nursing. Prior to 2016, only students from Belton, Grandview and Raymore-Peculiar high schools were eligible.

In 2016, the Harrisonville student selected will be named the recipient of the John Foster Community Service Scholarship. Foster, a Harrisonville native, volunteered as the general contractor to convert the Foundation’s Harrisonville Dental Clinic from a doctor’s office to a dental office. His leadership in Cass County has aided the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce, Community Betterment Council, United Way, Harrisonville Youth Building Board, Airport Committee, Cass County Historical Society and several other organizations. To honor his 40 years of service, Foster was recently awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Senior Service Award by Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder. The John Foster Community Service Scholarship will be awarded to a Harrisonville High School senior seeking a degree in nursing or healthcare and who has committed themselves to community involvement.

“As the cost of college tuition increases, we are committed to creating more opportunities for students pursuing careers in healthcare,” said Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president. “The addition of six more high schools to our pool of eligible applicants is a great way to extend the reach of CCHF and its mission to improve quality health care in Cass County.”

These scholarships are made available by charitable contributions designated to CCHF. The deadline to apply is March 1. Call 816-276-4218 for more information.