2024 Mahaska Health
Mahaska Health $1,000 Healthcare Scholarship Opportunity
for Mahaska County High School Students!
Mahaska Health will award three local high school seniors $1,000 each who are graduating in Spring 2024 and are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Applicants must be Mahaska County residents and graduating seniors from Oskaloosa High, North Mahaska, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Pella High, Pella Christian, and Twin Cedars.
As the Mahaska Health Scholarship Program continues to grow, the Board of Trustees is encouraging all area high school students entering the medical field to apply for these scholarships.
If you have a student or know of a senior pursuing a degree in the healthcare field this fall, please have them connect with their school counselor to pick up an application for the $1,000 scholarship. Applications are also available for pick up at the Mahaska Health Campus, Entrance #1 and Entrance #4, and can also be downloaded here. All applicants must be Mahaska County residents to qualify. If you have any questions about the scholarship or where to pick up an application, please feel free to contact Deb Ewing, Executive Administrative Assistant, 641.672.3388.
Applications must be received by March 31, 2024 to be considered for the scholarship. Please submit applications to: Deb Ewing, Mahaska Health,1229 C Avenue East, Oskaloosa, IA 52577. A total of three applicants will be awarded. Individuals must be accepted to an accredited college and these funds are required to be used for tuition purposes.
The Mahaska Health Services Education Scholarship fund is made possible with funding provided by Mahaska Health, and Mahaska Health Board of Trustees.
Marsha Riordan, Mahaska Health Board of Trustees member shared, “One of the wonderful experiences we have as members of the Mahaska Health Board is to have a role in the selection of students who will receive a scholarship from Mahaska Health. Having the privilege of reviewing all the scholarship applications from area high school students is rewarding. The talent pool, along with the community service these young people are engaged in makes me excited for their future and ours.”
Applications must be received by March 31, 2024. These funds are required to be used for tuition purposes. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please feel free to reach out to Deb Ewing, Executive Administrative Assistant, 641.672.3388.
Board of Trustees
The Mahaska Health Board of Trustees is a seven-member group comprised of elected representatives from throughout Mahaska County. Members are elected every four years, with many trustees serving multiple terms. The Board is the governing body of Mahaska Health, serving as the sounding board and decision makers for new services and projects as well as staffing and community needs.
David Langkamp, President
David Langkamp has lived in Oskaloosa since 1978 and is a native of Dubuque, Iowa. He attended Upper Iowa University and Loras College before earning his mortuary science degree from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He and his wife, Shawn, own and operate Langkamp Funeral Chapel and Crematory; their son Andrew recently joined them in the family business. David has served with several community organizations and enjoys contributing to his community as a member of this board.
Marsha Riordan, Vice President
Marsha Riordan serves as the Vice President for Advancement at William Penn University; coordinating philanthropy, alumni relations and marketing for the university. She lives in Oskaloosa with her husband, Mike and their dog, Trooper. A native of northern Iowa, she is a graduate of William Penn with a BA degree in both Biology and Physical Education. She has been at the university since 1980. Prior to her coming to Oskaloosa, Marsha served as a medic in the US Army. She is a member of Oskaloosa Kiwanis Club and American Association of University Women and has served on numerous committees and boards in the community, including Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group, Mahaska Future View and Ragbrai.
Donna Arendt, Secretary
Donna Arendt is a lifelong resident of Mahaska County and grew up on a farm west of Oskaloosa. She attended the University of Iowa and William Penn. She and her husband, Don, own Citizens Savings Bank in Marshalltown, where she serves on the Board of Directors. Donna has served on various boards, including Mahaska Health Foundation, past president of Hospice Auxiliary, and is a 20 Year Plus Hospice Volunteer. Currently, Donna volunteers in the surgery department at Mahaska Health, is a member of Gold Goose, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Helping Hands Quilt Guild that provides quilts for the Cancer Care and Infusion Center and Serenity House. She is a loyal supporter of Mahaska Health and its mission to provide its patients with quality care.
Greg Gordy, Treasurer
Greg Gordy grew up in Oskaloosa. He has been married to Diane since 1980. Diane was an elementary school teacher in the Oskaloosa School System for 30 years. Greg owned and operated Gordy’s Jewelers for 25 years before becoming a Mahaska County Supervisor for 16 years. He has served on numerous boards and commissions during his community service. Some of those include the Mahaska County Board of Health for 22 years, Southern Iowa Economic Development Association Board of Directors in Ottumwa (SIEDA) for 16 years, Mahaska County Solid Waste Management Commission 16 years, Mahaska County YMCA Board of Directors, and many others. Greg looks forward to continuing his public service by serving on the Mahaska Health Board of Trustees.
Guy Vander Linden, Board Member
Guy Vander Linden is a native of Oskaloosa. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. He served as a United States marine, primarily as a helicopter pilot, and was a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019. He and his wife Carrie reside in Oskaloosa and have four children and six grandchildren.
Joette Stout, Board Member
Joette Stout is married to Robert Stout; they have lived and worked on a farm 10 miles north of Oskaloosa for 44 years. They have four married children and thirteen grandchildren. She worked in the medical field for more than 40 years, with 28 years as a surgical technician at Mahaska Health, then as a first assistant for Dr. Riggs and Dr. Breon; she then finished her career as a surgical clinical assistant. She is a member of the YMCA First Christian Church in Oskaloosa, where she serves on the board as an elder. For the last couple of years, she has been helping at North Mahaska schools as a para or secretary. Her interests include swimming, biking, baking, family gatherings, and friend get-togethers. She enjoys watching the grandchildren, attending their activities, and loves having special days with them. Her heart has always had a special place in the medical field, and she considers our hospital of utmost importance to the community. She is looking forward to serving on the board and hopes to make a difference in any way she can.
Dustin Hite, Board Member
Dustin Hite grew up in rural Mahaska County outside of New Sharon and graduated from North Mahaska High School. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella and then graduated from law school at the University of Iowa. Dustin has been an attorney with Heslinga, Dixon & Hite in Oskaloosa since 2009. He was elected mayor of New Sharon in 2011 and State Representative in 2018. He currently lives in New Sharon with his wife Kate and their daughters.
Dustin believes that community involvement is vital to small towns, and he has served on several local boards and commissions, including the Mahaska County United Way, the Iowa Judicial District 8A Judicial Nominating Commission, North Mahaska School Improvement Advisory Committee, the Indian Hills Foundation Board, Mahaska County Magistrate Nominating Commission, the Mahaska County 911 Board, and the Mahaska County Emergency Management Commission.