Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Surgery Aide Sidney Miller of Pequot Lakes on May 25 was awarded the first annual Anne Hasskamp Nursing Scholarship. She received $1,000 toward her tuition at Central Lakes College where she is studying to become a Registered Nurse.
In presenting the scholarship, Kris Hasskamp stated, “The values and qualities of Sidney couldn't be a closer match to Anne. Sidney is a perfect choice for honoring my sister's legacy."
“The funding provided through the Anne Haskamp Nursing Scholarship will pay for the entirety of my final semester at Central Lakes College,” said Miller. “I am then going on to pursue my BSN degree from The College of St. Scholastica. This scholarship is a direct support to my goal of becoming the kind of nurse I want to see our hospitals. The money I am able to save over the summer will go towards my tuition at St. Scholastica, knowing that my Fall semester at CLC is paid for thanks to the support of the Haskamp family.”
"Thanks to the generosity of the Hasskamp and Sambar families, CRMC employees wishing to further their education in nursing at CLC who embody passion and dedication to patient care will have the opportunity to apply for assistance annually,” said CRMC Foundation Coordinator Jennifer Podsiadly. “We are so grateful for their partnership and this very generous scholarship."
Miller was recommended for the scholarship by CRMC Nurse Manager Kristin Christensen. She stated, “Sidney’s dedication and commitment to our department is evident in all that she does. She demonstrates commitment to our patients by her gentle, skillful, and caring approach. Her commitment to communication is seen by her ability to have crucial conversations without passing judgement. She is kind and understanding, but not afraid to speak up if she feels something is not right. Most importantly, Sidney’s commitment to compassion is seen in her desire to pursue her nursing degree so she can provide the utmost care to her patients.”
In her application, Miller wrote: “I am passionate about bettering myself as a professional nurse through furthering my education. Doing so will allow me to be the nurse that I want to see in the hospital, someone like Anne. I want to make everyone who enters the hospital feel seen, heard, and loved. I want to foster an environment where patients know, without question that those who are responsible for their care are offering the best care that they have to offer.”
The Hasskamp family in January established the Memorial Nursing Scholarship to honor Anne Hasskamp Sambar whose dedication and commitment while caring for others was especially evident during her years working as a nurses’ aide at CRMC. Hasskamp, who passed away in September 2022, was a 1967 C-I High School graduate. Her passion and desire to give the best care possible to people in need led her to the Licensed Practical Nursing program at what is now Central Lakes College. Nursing was her deep vocation providing patients compassion, care, and comfort. She was encouraged by CRMC physicians, nurses, and support staff to continue her education and was provided with a scholarship into the LPN program in Brainerd.