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Dylan Carter

Dylan was a sophomore in high school and didn’t know what he wanted to do after high school graduation. As an active athlete at Grandview High School, the health care field seemed like a logical choice. But beyond that, Dylan had decisions to make.

“My high school football coach, who is a nurse, told me about nursing and the different opportunities it has to offer,” Dylan said. “The conversation lasted for hours and I knew from then on I wanted to be a nurse.”

Dylan Carter, Grandview High School senior, is the recipient of the top scholarship from Cass Community Health Foundation.

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 northern Cass County and southern Jackson County.

Carter, who is an accomplished member of the Grandview High school football and track teams receiving several academic and athletic awards, plans to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City to study nursing.

“Nursing helps to improve and save lives every single day. I feel like just the gratification alone is the reason why people become nurses.,”

After getting accepted in the nursing program, Carter’s goal is to work as a registered nurse with children.

“I love working with kids and I am determined to work as a pediatric nurse in a hospital setting,”

Each year, the Daniel F. Sheehan Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a Cass County or Grandview high school senior interested in studying nursing. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The award is presented to a student that exemplifies an abiding interest in the welfare of others, inspires others to be their very best, serves as a role model, exhibits personal integrity, and is involved in the community.

 In Dylan’s essay, he wrote “A word that would describe me is determined. My mother always told me that if I start something, I have to finish it.”

We are excited to watch Dylan finish nursing school and use his determination to make a difference in the lives of others.