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Deaconess Foundation Awards Scholarship Monies

Cincinnati, OH– InterAct for Change and Deaconess Health Associations Fund today announced they have awarded $59,000 in scholarships to 14 local nursing students. Interact for Change also presented the Nursing Excellence Award to two nurses demonstrating outstanding contributions. One of the 10 scholarships awarded by Deaconess was made possible by the Deaconess School of Nursing Alumni.

“These scholarships assist nursing students enrolled at all touch points of nursing education programs, whether just beginning their career or working towards future teaching positions,” said Francie Wolgin, senior program officer at InterAct for Change. “The Greater Cincinnati community relies on thousands of nurses each and every day who provide or influence nursing care in schools, hospitals and other facilities throughout the region.”

“Deaconess is pleased to continue its tradition of supporting healthcare professionals in our community through this annual scholarship program, said Tony Woods, Chairman of Deaconess Associations, Inc.  “In the past four years, the Deaconess Foundation has granted over $275,000 in scholarship monies to students who are pursuing careers that benefit the quality of life for individuals . . . and the health and well-being of our community.  We are honored to support and recognize these worthy students.”

Stephen Roller of Primary Health Solutions received the award for leadership. Sara Frazee of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center received the award for clinical practice.

In addition, 14 nursing students received scholarships:

Anna M. Drake Scholarship: Abigail Brate
Ida W. Casey Memorial Scholarship: Sharma Robinson
Laura Rosnagle Memorial Scholarship: Esther Afua Otu
Rose Hook Scholarship: Jenna Ionna
Deaconess School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship: Gensah Daye-Smith
Deaconess Associations Foundation Nursing Scholarships: Erin Elgie, Jessica Steel, Casey Huddleson, Chloe Rennekamp and Jennifer Healey
Deaconess Associations Foundation Advanced Practice Nursing Scholarships: Ann Weber and Tanisha Johnson
Deaconess Associations Foundation Allied Health Scholarships: Master of Social Work student Aarin Cox and dental hygiene student Tiffany Armstrong

About InterAct for Change

InterAct for Change is the charitable arm of Interact for Health, applying a fresh, bold approach to charitable giving. By searching for and developing innovative solutions, we inspire, lead, and support our clients and partners in strategic, active, and collaborative giving. We are dedicated to accountability, transparency and stewardship. We are a philanthropic organization for people with a passion to make their giving count. More information is available on our website,

About Interact for Health

Interact for Health is building healthy communities for all people. We
serve as a catalyst for health and wellness by promoting healthy living through grants, education, research, policy and engagement. Interact for Health is an independent foundation that serves 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. More information is available on our website,

About Deaconess Foundation

The Deaconess Foundation is the philanthropic subsidiary of Deaconess Associations, Inc., a diversified, not-for-profit enterprise managing a $600 million portfolio of health services, programs investments and community health initiatives in Greater Cincinnati and across the country.  The Deaconess legacy is one of compassionate care in the Christian tradition that has enhanced Greater Cincinnati’s health and well-being through acute care and specialty healthcare services since 1888.

Kate Keller
Vice President, Policy and External Relations
Interact for Health