Franklin County: Six local grads get nursing scholarships

Six local high school graduates received one-time $2,500 scholarships this month to start their journey toward nursing careers.

Recognizing the extraordinary demand for skilled nurses in the county, Franklin County Commissioners presented six area high school graduates with a one-time $2,500 scholarship to pursue a nursing career.

This is the fifth year of providing scholarships to area high school graduates. Since 2017, commissioners have given out 30 of the $2,500 nursing scholarships to area high school graduates.

The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the sale of the county nursing home in 2013.  Funds are directly applied toward tuition and/or room and board. This year, there were 11 eligible applicants.

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The 2021 recipients

Alyssa St. Clair is a graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. She will be attending Shenandoah University.  


Emily Horst, a recent graduate of James Buchanan High School, will be attending Bloomsburg University.

Ryleigh Timmons, a graduate of Cumberland Valley Christian School, and will attend Penn State Mont Alto.                                 

There are two Chambersburg Area Senior High School recipients: Brynn Hammond will attend the main campus of Penn State University while Emily Brechbiel will attend Wilson College.

Tori Brookens is the first Fannett-Metal recipient. Tori plans to attend James Madison University.

How they were chosen

Tiffany Bloyer, Franklin County Human Resources Director, along with two notable panelists from the local healthcare industry, Joanne Cochran, Keystone Health’s founder, President, and CEO; and Elyse Fisler, Chief Nursing Officer for Wellspan’s Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals,  reviewed applications and awarded points based on a rigorous rubric. 

“We continue to be very impressed with the academic qualifications consistently shown by our local high school seniors, and especially the desire each student possesses. Their passion for wanting to help others through healthcare is commendable. We sincerely hope these enthusiastic students will seek a career path locally and create a positive impact on the lives of the residents of Franklin County,” said Franklin County Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller.

The Franklin County Nursing Scholarship is open to all high school seniors living and attending high school for at least one consecutive year in Franklin County and who have been accepted into an accredited four-year nursing program.

Applications include essays, briefly indicating their short and long term goals, as they pertain to nursing school; and letters of recommendation from each applicant’s high school Guidance Counselor plus two other adults. Every applicant also submits a copy of their official transcript.

Students requiring financial assistance get stronger consideration.

The 2022 Franklin County Nursing Scholarship Applications will be available in the first quarter of the year from area high school guidance departments as well as on the County’s website.

Franklin County Commissioners presented the scholarships during a meeting July 7.

Pictured in the featured photo above are, from left to right, Commissioner John Flannery, Emily Horst, Tori Brookens, Ryleigh Timmons, Commissioner Dave Keller, Emily Brechbiel, Brynn Hammond, Alyssa St. Clair and Commissioner Robert Ziobrowski.