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Gracyn Kloth

Gracyn Kloth, Raymore-Peculiar High School senior, is the recipient of the top scholarship from Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF). Kloth will attend MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas to study nursing.

The Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship is an award of $2,500 and was created to honor Daniel F. Sheehan. Sheehan was the former CEO of Research Belton Hospital, now Belton Regional Medical Center. The scholarship honors his commitment to improving the health of residents in Cass County.

Kloth plays an active role at Raymore-Peculiar High School. She is a member of the varsity soccer and cross country teams, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club and the student senate, where she serves as the executive secretary. Kloth attended a pre-professional nursing course at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit. During the course, she was able to take college-level nursing classes and gain fundamental knowledge of the field.

“I have been granted the opportunity to explore the profession and I can now say without a doubt, I am meant to be a nurse,” Kloth said.

In addition to studying nursing at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Kloth will play for their women’s soccer program. After graduation, she hopes to land her dream job as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital and travel on medical mission trips to provide medical care to people in other countries.

“Nursing is no doubt one of the most important professions in the world. I think the time that we’re in showcases this better than anything,” Kloth said. “Currently, nurses are risking their lives to treat patients. They spend hours on their feet, covered head-to-toe in personal protection equipment and sacrificing time with their families, to help care for strangers. We could not live without nurses.” 

Each year, the Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a Cass County high school senior interested in studying nursing. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an ACT score of 20. The Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship recipient is primarily selected based on the essay component of the application process.

“Cass Community Health Foundation is committed to empower the people of Cass County to improve health, a topic that is very much on our minds right now,” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said. “Gracyn has made an honorable decision to enter the health care field. We are proud to support her as well as our other scholarship recipients and are excited to see what they accomplish.”

CCHF has awarded $32,750 in scholarships to students from the Cass County area planning to pursue careers in the health field. View a full list here