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          Kyle Dorman of Omaha, NE is our 2014 recipient of the Alyssa Jane Sandmeier Memorial CLS Scholarship.  Kyle is our first Methodist MLS student to receive the scholarship.  There are many reasons Kyle was chosen by the selection committee.  Kyle showed us in his application that he is a man with a strong faith and work ethic, that if a person wants to get or become something, he or she must work for it and trust the Lord to provide.  The son of a Medical Technologist growing up in Omaha, his family was never guilty of having too much.  Kyle’s humble roots would inform the man he would become and a life of service toward others became more appealing than the self-indulgence more commonly found today.  We were easily drawn to his devotion to family and others and his self-sacrificing attitude.  In Kyle we found an applicant that was very real, very down-to-earth and unassuming.  We were reminded of the following scripture passage when looking over Kyle’s application:  1 Timothy 2:2b reads “…that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”  Kyle shared with us his desire to lead a quiet life of faith and dedication to his Lord Jesus and his family.  For these many reasons Kyle was selected as our 2014 CLS scholarship recipient.

          Elisabeth Mahon of Washington, NE is our 2013 recipient of the Alyssa Jane Sandmeier Memorial CLS Scholarship.  Liz will be completing her clinical rotations at UNMC in Omaha, NE.  Elisabeth stood out to the selection committee because of her financial need, high academic standing, and above all, her character, humility, and faith in Christ.  Elisabeth's personal story is also very touching, but more than that, we get a strong sense from her that life is about much more than just ourselves and the situations we're currently facing.  One thing that struck us about Liz was that she was willing to set aside her own dreams and passions for those of another.  This is a trait not commonly seen today.  Paul's words to the church at Philippi when he writes verses 3 and 4 of chapter two come to mind:  "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."  Character is not something manufactured or purchased.  It can only be received and then manifested by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the trials and tribulations we all face in this life.  As we celebrate biblical character qualities that we so highly cherish, we give thanks and praise to the only one worthy of their acceptance, Jesus Christ.  We know Elisabeth will represent Alyssa's Foundation well as we congratulate her for being our 2013 CLS scholarship recipient.  May the Lord be with you as you continue in this life, knowing your reward is waiting for you in the next.

          John Buller of Hampton, NE is our 2012 recipient of the Alyssa Jane Sandmeier Memorial Scholarship.  John completed his clinical rotations in the laboratory at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, NE.  John was selected for this scholarship based not only on his academic performance but, more importantly, on his character, his sense of purpose, and on his desire to serve his fellow man.  While attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he received a Bachelor degree in Biology, John took part in numerous volunteer activities at home and abroad.  He was involved in the Jazz Band and Men's Choir, also making sure he had time to participate in weekly Campus Crusade for Christ Bible studies.  After college, John kept himself busy working as a ward clerk or CNA in a hospital environment before making the decision to go back to school for a degree in clinical laboratory science.  In short, John was able to show the selection committee a committment to academic excellence and a dedication to serving others.  We saw in John the imprint of the Savior, an individual who truly wants to "be Jesus" to others.  Thank you John, and may the Lord bless you as you continue to be a light shining in the darkness.