KCI is pleased to announce that the 2021 Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to eight students. The program offers children of KCI employees the opportunity to receive $2,500 to put towards the cost of their education.
The eight awardees were selected from 39 applicants companywide. The selection criteria included academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors and accolades, work experience, and educational and career goals.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s scholarships:
Walter Bailey, 19, son of Joseph Bailey (Construction Management)
As Walter enters his sophomore year at North Carolina State University, he is pursuing a double major in biological and agricultural engineering technologies and agricultural business to help farmers increase their yields while using less land and labor. After gaining experience through internships featuring agricultural innovations, he plans to assist farmers adjust to the increasing amount of technology in their everyday ventures. This is Walter’s second consecutive year receiving the scholarship award.
Shannon DePratter, 18, daughter of David DePratter (Water/Wastewater)
Shannon will begin her freshman year at the University of South Carolina this fall and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Through an accelerated degree program, she hopes to additionally earn a master’s in four years and subsequently pursue a PhD as she researches neuroscience and gene therapy.
Kaylie Jurgelewicz, 21, daughter of Kevin Jurgelewicz (Highway Traffic)
In her senior year at Drexel University, Kaylie is working toward passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. During the largest spike of the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked in a critical care unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and realized that not only knowledge, but also care and compassion is necessary to make a difference in the world. She hopes to pursue a career in the ICU and be an advocate for her future patients to give them strength and comfort during their times of need.
Charles Leibman, 19, son of Gregory Leibman (Construction Management)
Charles is entering his sophomore year at the University of Maryland where he is studying finance. Eager to gain experience in his industry, he has recently been involved in a leadership program, an investment fund group, financial case competitions, and a merger and acquisition consulting internship. Once he graduates with his bachelor’s degree, he plans to enter the field of investment banking.
Herissa Monsalud, 18, daughter of Marissa Monsalud (Construction Management)
As she begins her freshman year at the University of Delaware, Herissa is working toward her degree in management information systems. Following her experience working at an IT internship, participating in a STEM competition, and mentoring others in computer science, she aspires to further her career in computer systems administration, IT management, or information security analysis.
Kalie Nuss, 20, daughter of Robert Nuss (Highway Traffic)
Kalie will start her junior year at Liberty University where she is majoring in biomedical science and minoring in mathematics and psychology. After participating in three biochemical and psychological research teams, she decided to turn her sights on pursuing a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology and plans to eventually work for or own a private clinical practice. This is Kalie’s third consecutive year receiving the scholarship award.
McKenzie O’Donnell, 19, daughter of James O’Donnell (Construction Management)
Entering her senior year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, McKenzie is pursuing a degree in media and journalism from the Hussman School of Media and Journalism with a minor in philosophy, politics, and economics. She hopes to pivot her experience from job shadowing and volunteering to a long-term career in radio broadcasting or television news production.
Brenna Walsh, 19, daughter of John Walsh (Power)
Brenna will begin her junior year at North Carolina State University where she is working toward a degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in biological sciences. To achieve her long-term aspirations, she plans to combine her engineering experience and medical knowledge to pursue an orthopedic surgeon career with a specialization in knee replacement procedures. This is Brenna’s third consecutive year receiving the scholarship award.
Congratulations to all the recipients and applicants who are continuing to fuel personal growth through education.