Scholarships Help Tomorrow’s Nurses Focus on their Studies

The desire to help her community along with her caring nature fostered in Megan Rovere Brunelle of Cascade the dream of becoming a registered nurse.

For six years, Megan has been a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with Benefis Health System focusing on senior services and oncology. She has a heart for oncology, but she would eventually like to work in women’s and children’s health for low income patients.

Megan, a nursing student at Montana State University’s Great Falls Campus, is one of 39 students from the area to receive a healthcare scholarship from Benefis Foundation. In total, the Foundation awarded $91,300 in scholarships for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

“Knowing that I won’t have to take out any more student loans for this school year because of this scholarship provides a huge relief financially for my family and me,” Megan said.

Benefis Foundation provided an additional $2,000 to four MSU College of Nursing, Great Falls Campus Upper Division summer interns, made possible by the Cecil and Dorothy Goodbrand Nursing Scholarship.

“This award makes it possible for those who have a passion for healthcare but struggle financially to be able to become great nurses and to touch the patients we serve.”

–Megan Rovere Brunelle

The Benefis Foundation Healthcare Scholarship Program is designed to help college students pursue a degree, certification, or advancement in a medically-related field. Thanks to the generosity of many donors, Benefis Foundation has awarded more than 660 students with $1.28 million in scholarships over the past 21 years.

Please consider supporting the Healthcare Scholarship Program with your next gift to Benefis Foundation. Your contribution will help students like Megan earn their degree and will help our community gain skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals.