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Scholarship helps employee advance her education, career

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has awarded a scholarship to Jessica Hatcher, assisted living supervisor at Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

Ann Caudill, executive director at Rolla Presbyterian Manor, presented a scholarship letter to Jessica Hatcher, assisted living supervisor. Jessica is studying to become a registered nurse.

Jessica is a student at Texas County Technical College in Houston, Mo. She is enrolled in an LPN-to-RN bridge program that will lead to her associate’s degree in nursing and prepare her to certify as a registered nurse. She entered the program in May and expects to graduate next spring.

A certified nursing assistant when she began working at Presbyterian Manor, Jessica earned her licensed practical nurse certification last year. That enabled her to apply for her current job.

“Now I not only get to work directly with the residents, I am able to help coordinate their care,” said Jessica, who works in both the assisted living and health care neighborhoods.

Jessica joined the senior living field in 2010 simply because she needed a job.

“After a few years, I realized how much I enjoyed helping and caring for others, and turned it into a career,” she said. She began her education journey in 2014 and joined the Presbyterian Manor staff more than a year ago.

The PMMA scholarship will help Jessica get the most out of her program.

“Financial assistance will be a huge relief, as I won’t have to stress about how I will work extra hours,” she said. “I will be able to focus more time on school.

“I am proud to work at PMMA Rolla. I’m thankful for the opportunities they have provided me and the assistance to help me reach my goal of becoming an RN.”

The PMMA Employee Scholarship Program reflects the organization’s mission of attracting and retaining a well-qualified workforce. Private donations fund the scholarships, which are facilitated through PMMA’s Department of Giving. Employees who support the program may elect to have a small amount deducted from their paycheck each pay period.

Last year, the PMMA Education Committee awarded scholarships to 15 recipients totaling nearly $32,000 for the 2020-21 academic year.  

Learn more about how to support the PMMA scholarship program by visiting The scholarship application process occurs each spring for the following academic year.

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