The 2016-2017 recipients of the Cross Allied Health Science Scholarships were recognized at North Central Missouri College.
The scholarships are provided by Dr. Albert and Carol Cross of Trenton for their desire to help students achieve their higher education dreams in the field of allied health. Dr. and Mrs. Cross met with the students to congratulate them upon the receipt of their new scholarships.
Cross, a retired M.D. who practiced for many years in the Trenton community, commented, “I have been involved with this nursing program since its inception. Early in its history, nursing students rotated through my office to become acquainted with medical office practices. I had occasion to hire some of those nurses after their graduation and found them to be well-trained, industrious, and excellent help.”
Pictured from left, back row: Rebecca Bell (Polo), Jessica Winkowski (Chillicothe), Heather Kelsall (Chillicothe), Cheyenne Bannan (Breckenridge), Kayla Riddle (Chillicothe), Lacey Petrone (Trenton), Jamie Kottwitz (Jamesport), Emily Vandever (Trenton), Chantel Robinson (Mercer), Tlayna Robinson (Gilman City), Karen Lawson (Gilman City), Erica Oliver (Chillicothe), and Rebecca Johnson (Bethany). Front row: Marissa LaFaver (Greentop), Anna Reeter (Trenton), Dr. Albert Cross, Mrs. Carol Cross, Mariah Hill (Tina), and Ashlin Nichols (Trenton). Not pictured: Hailey Toney (Gallatin).
Dr. Cross was also involved in a fund drive which allowed NCMC to build a new, state-of-the-art Allied Health building on the college’s campus, which opened in the fall of 2009. This building bears the name of Dr. Albert and Vera Cross Hall. “I, along with my late wife Vera, are honored to have our names put on the building,” commented Dr. Cross. “Since I have spent most of my adult life involved in healthcare, as have some members of my family, we are most interested in this career field. That is the reason we have specified that these scholarships will be given to allied health students.”
“I, along with my late wife Vera, were honored to have our names put on the building,” commented Dr. Cross. “Since I have spent most of my adult life involved in healthcare, as have some members of my family, we are most interested in this career field. That is the reason we have specified that these scholarships will be given to allied health students.”
These scholarships are a part of the NCMC Foundation’s Gifts in Action Scholarship Campaign, which encourages the formation of new endowed scholarships. NCMC Foundation Development Director Teresa J. Cross remarked, “Dr. and Mrs. Cross will be able to change the lives of countless students in the future who may not have the means to attend college without financial support. It will allow students pursuing a degree in the Allied Health Sciences career pathway to be awarded money in both their fall and spring semesters. North Central’s Allied Health leaders of tomorrow cannot help but feel the positive impact of their generous bequest.”