Nursing Scholarship Winners

This was a very exciting spring for us at Divine Home Care! It was the first year that we gave away $1,000 scholarships to five seniors going to college in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing. In order to be considered for the Divine Home Care Nursing Scholarship, students had to meet the following criteria: 1. Plan to pursue a degree in nursing 2. Graduating with a GPA of 3.0 or better and 3. Be passionate about caring for others in the healthcare field. We were absolutely blown away by the talented, involved and caring seniors that applied. Below are our scholarship winners!

Callie Hansen, RW

Missy Maertens, RN Branch Manager, Callie Hansen, Sarah Johnson, Marketing Director

Redwood Valley High School: Callie Hansen – Callie will be attending South Dakota State in the fall and plans to be a part of the honors program there. She is an athlete year-round and has held leadership positions as captain on both her tennis and hockey teams. She is a member of numerous clubs including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and president of the National Honor Society. On top of her school involvement, she works as a nursing assistant at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls and volunteers in the community. In her own words, she says, “Volunteering has let me to be a firm believer that serving others is what we were put on this earth to do, and we are not fully living unless we are giving to others and asking nothing in return. And last but possibly the most important point – her desire to become a nurse was inspired by her grandma who was a RN. She would like to follow in her grandma’s footsteps and change people’s lives.

Litchfield High School: Anna Wood – Anna will attend Concordia Moorhead in the fall. She is Anna Wood, Litchfieldan active member of the Student Council and the National Honor Society and has played on the volleyball team all four years of high school. She has volunteered her time for activities like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, where she was really impacted by seeing the role caregivers have on people’s lives. She works as a team leader in the activities department at Emmanuel Nursing Home and is currently taking classes at Ridgewater to obtain her Nursing Assistant Registration certification. Her desire to become a nurse was inspired by the care her grandma received while in the nursing home. She learned the vital role those nurses played in her grandma’s every day life. She is excited to become a nurse and care for others the wy her grandma was cared for.

Little Falls High School: Ashley Klein – Ashley will attend Minnesota State University, MankatoAshley Klein, Little Falls in the fall. We received letters of recommendation for Ashley with her applicaiton and these references describe her as motivated, incredibly hard working and said she enters class each day ready to tackle any subject presented to her. More importantly, she is concerned about the greater good of the community and she feels obligated to help others and offer support where needed. Ashley has had leadership roles as captain of the swim team this year and is an active member of Key Club – participating in numerous community volunteer activities. She has had real life care giving experience, caring for her grandmother with dementia and said taking care of her at times was a challenge but made her grow as a person.


Dan Lee, Benson 3

Amanda Redepenning, RN Branch Manager, Dan Lee, Sarah Johnson, Marketing Director

Benson High School: Daniel Lee – Dan will attend Ridgewater in the fall. Dan has been very active in athletics and band throughout high school. He received the Big Heart Award in football – highlighting the fact that his teammates felt they were able to go to him with anything they needed help with – on or off the field. Outside of school, he has dedicated time to volunteering in the community and has two part-time jobs. We truly believe Dan does have a big heart and is passionate about pursing a degree in nursing. He believes that in nursing, the patient and the patient’s family comes first. He wants to help others in their time of need.

Ariel Gazelka, Willmar

Sarah Johnson, Marketing Director, Ariel Gazelka, Alison Mulder, Director of Nursing

Willmar High School: Ariel Gazelka – Ariel will be attending Oral Roberts University in the fall. She offers her talent of music to her church, high school musicals and has participated in the MN All-State Orchestra. Although she has volunteered her time for many different community events, her missions trip to Peru is an experience that helped lead her into the nursing field, more specifically, pediatric nursing. She said that on that trip, she learned a new level of compassion. The passion Ariel has to become a nurse is pretty incredible. She would like to take her nursign skills to other countries as part of a medical missions team. She wants to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families every day.

We’re already looking forward to reading through applications and presenting new scholarships next spring!