For the second consecutive year, Director of Nursing Betsy Geddes has been awarded a continuing education assistance from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America to use toward pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).
“I have one more class to take at Hutchinson Community College and then will transfer credits over to Fort Hays State University. I plan to finish my BSN program by the spring of 2019,” said Betsy. “I’m pleased as punch to receive another scholarship opportunity from PMMA.”
Every spring, employees have the opportunity to apply for these awards. Sarah Oenning, PMMA’s development director, said that’s because a group of private donors had the vision many years ago to set up endowments at some PMMA communities for employee education.
“It’s been a priority for a really long time,” Sarah said. “We know that donors saw that employee education was important and worth supporting.”
To be eligible, employees are required to:
- be employed at PMMA for at least one year at the time the award is made (usually mid-summer);
- be regularly scheduled to work, for a minimum of eight hours during a two-week payroll cycle;
- show relevance of the education to the services provided by PMMA, and;
- be employed in good standing at the conclusion of the educational program and at the time the reimbursement request is submitted for payment.
Funds are paid after the successful completion (a “C” grade or higher) of the approved course and can be used to cover tuition, fees and books.
“The education assistance program is a valuable tool for staff retention,” said Melanie Owens, senior vice president for human resources. “This year we awarded all the community designated funds and PMI funds, which resulted in 32 awards, a total of more than $76,000.”
Congratulations to Betsy, and to all PMMA employees who were awarded scholarships.