Brookings, S.D. – July 19, 2021 –  2021 Brookings High School graduate Taylor Bortnem is this year’s recipient of Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship. 

The $1,000 scholarship encourages and recognizes a student attending a post-secondary education institution with an interest in the health care field. In the fall, Bortnem will attend South Dakota State University to study nursing.

Bortnem is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered with several community organizations throughout high school, including her church youth group, the Salvation Army of Brookings County’s Share the Warmth program, Brookings Marathon and Feeding Brookings. She also is a certified nursing assistant and has worked at Brookings Health System for the past two years, currently serving as a patient care technician on the inpatient care unit. 

Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship provides financial assistance to a senior who best meets the criteria of the program. Brookings Health System selects the recipient based on a number of criteria including the location of their chosen school, the career area the student is interested in pursuing, the student’s extracurricular activities both in school and in the community, and their outside employment. Recipients are also assessed based on their GPA and personal essay. 


July 19, 2021

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