Foundation funds scholarships for local students

Foundation funds scholarships for local students

Harney County Supporting Our Students (HCSOS) selected Autumn Johnson and Sarah Letham for $500 Harney Hospital Foundation scholarship awards.

Scholarship winner Autumn Johnson plans to continue her education at Brigham Young University to become a physical therapy assistant.

Johnson is a 2020 Burns High School graduate who plans to continue her education at Brigham Young University to become a physical therapy assistant. She said she is grateful for the scholarship, as it will help reduce the financial burden of college tuition.

A 2020 graduate of Silvies River Charter School, Letham plans to continue her education at Treasure Valley Community College where she will work on prerequisites for nursing and run on the cross country and track teams.

“After wrapping up my prerequisites, I plan to apply to a nursing program and become a registered nurse,” Letham said. “I look forward to broadening my knowledge at school and having a career where I can help people.”

Expressing gratitude toward HCSOS and Harney Hospital Foundation, she added, “When I found out that I was selected for the award, I was both thrilled and humbled. Having such an amazing opportunity given to me makes me want to be a better student, but also a better person.”

About Harney Hospital Foundation

Scholarship winner Sarah Letham is on track to become a registered nurse.

Harney Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the long-term viability of high-quality medical care for residents of, and visitors to, the Harney County Health District service area. The Foundation was originally established in 1980 to provide financial support to Harney County Hospital. In 1990, Harney County Health District was created, and Harney County Hospital became Harney District Hospital (HDH). When HDH Family Care and HDH Physical and Sports Therapy joined the district, the Foundation expanded its mission to provide support to these entities as well.


HCSOS was formed after the board of Harney County Dollars for Scholars voted to disaffiliate with Scholarship America. The local scholarship organization can no longer be called “Dollars for Scholars” because that name is a trademark of Scholarship America. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation, HCSOS continues the mission of Harney County Dollars for Scholars, which is to provide every Harney County high school graduate financial help to continue their learning goals beyond high school.

Organizations, such as Harney Hospital Foundation, donate funds to HCSOS to support local youth seeking higher education. Students apply for scholarships through HCSOS, and the HCSOS board works with local school counselors to select recipients based on donors’ criteria.

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