The Bothwell Foundation recently awarded Medical Careers Scholarships to four area students.

Bothwell says the scholarship recipients were Riley Corbett, Dalton Hermanson, Kyler Simonci and Edward Toderescu-Stavila. Each of the students will receive a $500 scholarship from the Bothwell Foundation, with an additional $500 in matching funds from the Health Services Group Foundation.

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Riley Corbett graduated from Knob Noster High School in May and will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia where she will major in Health Science-Health and Wellness Service. She hopes to get a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Corbett said, “the medical field is changing constantly, and I want to be a part of that change.”

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Dalton Hermanson graduated from Smith-Cotton High School this May and will be attending medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hermanson has taken many steps to ensure he is ready for the rigorous schooling and career, including completing a 40-hour internship with an orthopedic surgeon and joining health professional related organizations.

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Kyler Simoncic also a graduate from Smith-Cotton High School plans to attend the University of Central Missouri to receive a bachelor’s degree in science and then further his education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for pre-dentistry. “Due to incredible internship opportunities through my school’s F.I.T. Internship Program and the Bothwell Medical Explorers program, I found that dentistry is the career for me,” Simoncic said. “The reward of helping others in dentistry is something I hope to receive as a dentist in the future.”

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Edward Toderescu-Stavila graduated from Smith-Cotton in May and will be attending Washington University in St. Louis where he plans to study Medical Anthropology (pre-med). Toderescu-Stavila attributes his love for biology and the medical field to his parents’ reaffirming their family to pay It forward for the kindness they received during a medical emergency for his older brother. Stavila’s brother was born with gastroschisis, a disorder where his intestines were outside his body following birth. “In an effort to pay it forward, I have always been interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Just like that surgeon who helped my brother survive in this harsh world, I want to perform surgeries that help children,” Toderescu-Stavila said.

The Bothwell Foundation says the Medical Careers Scholarship was established to encourage students who are interested in pursuing a health-related field. It seeks to reward high-achieving students and help them with the expenses of post-secondary education. The Medical Careers Scholarship is made possible by donations to the Bothwell Foundation.