Harrisonville graduate strives for community wellness
Kristen Koch is the John Foster Community Service Nursing or Health Career Scholarship recipient, an award of $750. Koch is a graduating senior at Harrisonville High School pursuing pharmacy. She will run track at Missouri Southern State University and plans to apply to University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy in the future.
Her passion for giving to others became evident in high school. Koch succeeded in athletics, was a member of National Honor Society, student council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was heavily involved in her church. She took a liking to chemistry and became interested in a career in pharmacy.
“I am drawn to pharmacy because it is a field that has grown from strictly administering drugs to personal involvement with patients. There is now a wellness aspect that attracts me,” Koch said.
Koch hopes to return to the area and open a locally-owned pharmacy so that she can make a difference in the lives of those she knows.
“I want my career to mean more than just a paycheck. I want to make an impact on others’ lives and I hope they will make an impact on mine,” Koch said. “I am excited to join a field that is focusing on the overall wellness of our communities.”
“Kristen is an extremely intelligent and ambitious young woman who exemplifies our organization’s mission. We are proud to award her the John Foster Community Service Scholarship and are excited to see what her future holds,” Cynthia Randazzo, Foundation president, said.
The John Foster Community Service Scholarship honors a Harrisonville High School senior seeking a degree in nursing or health care and who has committed themselves to community involvement. 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 Foundation provides scholarships to seniors from Archie, Belton, Cass Midway, Drexel, Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar, Sherwood Cass and Grandview High Schools interested in nursing or other health related degrees. Students should apply by March 1.