Investing in the future of healthcare is more than just purchasing new equipment, it also requires investing in people. Saint Francis Foundation and Auxiliary are proud to offer Healthcare Scholarships for those who are currently pursuing healthcare careers. Jacob Wren is a 2018 scholarship recipient.
“Taking care of people runs in my family,” says Wren. “My father is a nurse, and my mother is a respiratory therapist. I grew up with stories from both of them, and that sparked my interest in healthcare.”
Wren decided his senior year of high school to pursue a career in patient care and followed a path to complete his certification as a Registered Nurse. He currently is working toward a Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice at Webster University in St. Louis.
“I’ve always been a curious person, and I shadowed in the Saint Francis Emergency Department,” recalls Wren. “The fast-paced environment was exciting to me – I wanted to impact lives as those nurses and doctors did.”
High-level degrees come with high price tags, and student loans quickly began to pile up. While Wren was at Saint Francis working in the Intensive Care Unit, he saw a flyer about the scholarship program and decided to apply.
“Being awarded that scholarship took some stress off my shoulders,” recalls Wren.
“The students who are actively pursing careers in healthcare are the future of patient care in our communities,” says Danielle Torbet, Foundation and Marketing Manager for Saint Francis Healthcare System. “When we can help them achieve their dreams, we are ensuring great care for our future through their education.”