Sparrow Clinton Hospital awards healthcare scholarships

Published: June 24, 2021

ST. JOHNS, MI – Sparrow Clinton Hospital awarded 10 Clinton County students pursuing healthcare careers with $2,000 each in scholarship assistance.

2021 Whyman Scholarship winners are Alyssa Benit of St. Johns, entering Saginaw Valley State University for nursing; Mary Billips of St. Johns, attending Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College for Nursing; Rebecca Bovee of DeWitt, attending Ferris State University for pharmacy; Sparrow Clinton caregiver Kelly Cerny of St. Johns, attending Baker College for radiology technology; Brooke Gnegy of St. Johns, attending Saginaw Valley State University for nursing; Adysen Koenigsknecht of Fowler, entering Lansing Community College for dental hygiene; Jada Palmer of St. Johns, attending Grand Valley State University for physician assistant program; Abigail Sjoberg of DeWitt, entering Loyola University, Chicago for neuroscience; Emily Thelen of St. Johns, attending Central Michigan University for speech-language pathology; and Leeann Wilkins of St. Johns, attending Lansing Community College for nursing.

The Merten and Geraldine Whyman Health Careers Scholarship Fund, an endowment fund established in 1986, provides annual scholarships to Clinton County residents for education in a health-related field. The fund has grown, thanks to additional contributions by community members. To date, 322 students have received Whyman scholarships, representing a total education investment of more than $356,600.

For more information about this scholarship or other community outreach projects, call Sparrow Clinton Hospital Community Relations Manager Nan Simons at 989.227.3323.


Sparrow Health System is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Carson City, Charlotte, Ionia and St. Johns, as well as Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group and the Michigan Athletic Club. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and patient experience. For more information, visit