2013 Named Scholarship Recipient


2013 recipient of the Named Scholarship

Kirsten, a 34 year-old single woman from Castle Rock, Colorado, is delighted to be the initial recipient of the Alice DeBoer Scholarship. She shares, “Especially in today’s economic environment, scholarships are so very important to those of us who want to continue our education. The choice to return to school was not easy for me, but I took a leap of faith and this scholarship is truly a blessing that resulted from that leap.” Kirsten plans to graduate in the fall of 2013 with an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Regis University. Nursing is a career change for Kirsten. Currently, her career is as an acupuncturist. Kirsten has earned two bachelor degrees: in Liberal Arts and Holistic Science, as well as a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Kirsten hopes to combine her expertise and understanding of both eastern and western medicine techniques to benefit patients. Being focused on patients and their health goals is the reason Kirsten is becoming a nurse. She explains, “My ultimate goal is to work within a multidisciplinary, nonprofit clinic or county health program. Also, I want to gain fluency in medical Spanish and donate a week or two a year performing medical mission work for migrant workers.” Ultimately, Kirsten wants to further her career as a nurse practitioner.

Lastly, Kirsten appreciates the legacy of Mrs. DeBoer being an educator through her experience of both her grandmother and mother being teachers. Kirsten reveals, “The legacy of teachers continues in my family with my sister, stepsister, and brother-in-law. I have a deep rooted respect for the teaching profession and reading the Alice DeBoer life story inspired me with her dedication and life-long pursuit of educational support. I look forward to finishing my degree and attempting to honor women such as Mrs. DeBoer by supporting others, as I have been supported. Please know that I deeply appreciate this gift and am truly humbled by the generosity.”