By Robin Blakely

The Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation (GLSHF) has announced the winners of the 2018 GLSHF Scholarships to support academic studies leading to a career in a medical or a healthcare discipline.

“The Foundation is proud to award a total of $60,000 this year, the most money we’ve awarded in one season,” said Katie Langdon, 2018 Scholarship Chairman for GLSHF. “Our scholarships are awarded to area students seeking healthcare and allied healthcare degrees. Assisting our local residents in the pursuit of academic studies in healthcare careers is an important way for GLSHF to make a healthy difference in Lee’s Summit and in the world.”

Janeece Dent-Bennett (l.) presented roses to Katie Langdon (r.) fo the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation. The GLSHF is grateful for the amazing service of Langdox who has tirelessly served multiple years as the Chair for the Scholarship Committee, which awarded $60,000 in scholarships this year.

This year the total of $60,000 was awarded to 12 health-focused college students. Each awardee received $5,000.

The scholarship recipients of the GLSHF 2018 Scholarships are: Jason Egberuare, UMKC Medical School; Kristofer Frostestad, St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Maria Gentry, University of Missouri School of Medicine; Samantha Herbel, Mid America Nazarene University; Simone Jacoby, UMKC Medical School; William Kamp, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Brittany Kendall, University of Central Missouri; Caitlin Lamb, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences; Lisa Morris, University of Missouri School of Medicine; Rachel Plate, University of Missouri School of Medicine; Claire Poague, Healthcare Administration University of Kansas; Marresa Ross, Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University.

The 2018 GLSHF Scholarship Celebration to honor this year’s awardees will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kauffman Stadium.
Since 2003, GLSHF has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships or grants to students or local nonprofit organizations focused on health.

Scholarship applications may be submitted from January 1 through March 1, 2019. The GLSH Foundation awards multiple scholarships in the amount of up to $8,000 each in support of academic studies leading to a career in a medical or healthcare discipline. Applications are available online at

Grants are awarded annually to local charities with health and wellness projects and programs. New grant requests may be submitted September 1 through October 31, 2018. Awards will be announced in January, 2019. Priority will be given to those proposals most consistent with the GLSHF mission and with the widest potential benefit to the community. This may include projects in the areas of research, education, public training programs, programs in schools, clinics for indigent care, equipment, and services. Details are at