Bothwell Foundation Awards Medical Careers Scholarship
The Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation has awarded its Medical Careers Scholarship to Alec Wilken of Sedalia.
Wilken, a 2015 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences/pre-med at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is especially interested in internal medicine and pediatrics.
Wilken said his interested in medicine was piqued when he attended a summer educational program hosted by the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.
“It was disgusting, challenging, frightening and most importantly, the best week of my life,” he said. Quoting Dr. Luanda Grazette, who said “Medicine is only for those who cannot imagine doing anything else,” Wilken added, “I cannot envision myself happy in any other career.”
Wilken, the son of Allen and Courtney Wilken, was a member of the National Honor Society, National Forensics League, active in orchestra and Speech & Debate, and served as Student Council president. He also was a member of the Medical Explorers Post at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
“The Bothwell Foundation is pleased to be able to help students from this area pursue careers in health care,” said David Callis, president of the Foundation Board of Directors. “We hope that someday Mr. Wilken will return to the Sedalia area to help care for others in his home community.”
The Bothwell Foundation was formed in 2005 in an effort to develop private resources to improve health-care services in the area. It is overseen by a board of directors comprised of community leaders.