FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Peru, Nebraska– Peru State College is pleased to announce six students that have been accepted into the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP). Only a select number of seats are available in each program.
Peru State students accepted into RHOP have provisional admission to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and will receive a full tuition waiver from Peru State during their undergraduate years. Each provisionally admitted student will be appointed a faculty mentor from Peru State and a faculty mentor from their respective UNMC allied health program of study. Mentors will advise the students on academic and career development.
Peru State now has early admissions programs with four UNMC colleges, including RHOP agreements with UNMC’s Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and the Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST) agreement with the College of Public Health.
The RHOP program began in 1990 to encourage rural residents to pursue careers in health care and practice in smaller communities throughout Nebraska. Chadron State College and Wayne State College also participate with UNMC in RHOP.
Madison Buckminster of Falls City, Nebraska has been accepted into the RHOP Nursing Program. Buckminster is the daughter of Blake and Valerie Buckminster. Her application highlighted her many academic and extracurricular activities including job shadowing at Falls City Community Medical Center.
Malinda Foster of Sutherland, Nebraska has been accepted into the RHOP Nursing Program. Foster is the daughter of Stacy and Teresa Foster. Her application highlighted her many academic and extracurricular activities including job shadowing an emergency room RN; a dentist; a laboratory technician; and a radiologist.
Hannah Jasa of Sterling, Nebraskas has been accepted into the RHOP Radiography Program. Jasa is the daughter of James and Jodi Jasa. Her application highlighted her many academic and extracurricular activities including job shadowing at Williamsburg Family Physicians in Lincoln and at Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh.
Nathan Liberty of Tecumseh, Nebraska has been accepted into the RHOP Pharmacy Program. Liberty is the son of Greg and Brooke Liberty. His application highlighted many academic and extracurricular activities including job shadowing and working as pharmacy technician at Hasselbalch Pharmacy.
Julia Schultheiss of Pawnee City, Nebraska has been accepted into the RHOP Physical Therapy Program. Schultheiss is the daughter of James and Katja Schultheiss. Her application highlighted her many academic and extracurricular activities including job shadowing at the Pawnee City Hospital Physical Therapy Department.
Josh Traynor of Western, Nebraska has been accepted into the RHOP Pharmacy Program. Traynor is the grandson of Duane and Kathy Dlouhy. His application highlighted many academic and extracurricular activities including job shadowing at Fairbury Health Clinic Pharmacy and Walmart Pharmacy.
The RHOP program recruits students from rural communities who plan to return to rural areas to practice as nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician’s assistants and radiologists. These students receive RHOP scholarships at Peru State and graduates of the program are awarded early admittance to their specific program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
For more information, visit www.peru.edu or call 1-800-742-4412.
About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs. Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region. Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.