COVID Fuels Local Student’s Career Dreams
Jolee McMullin is driven to succeed, no matter what life throws her way.
A graduate of Blue Springs South High School, Jolee’s teachers admired her inquisitive nature and desire to learn, both in and outside of the classroom. In her junior year, Jolee began taking dual credit courses at Summit Technology Academy and volunteering at area hospice care facilities.
“I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare,” says Jolee. “Through the Allied Health class and the nursing program, I had the opportunity to shadow health professionals in their work environments. That’s when I really fell in love.”
In 2020, Jolee received the Blue Springs Rotary Club’s President’s Scholarship through Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The scholarship may be renewed for up to four total years.
A new partnership in 2020, the Blue Springs Rotary Club scholarship fund at Truman Heartland Community Foundation provides financial support to students graduating from high schools in the Blue Springs and Grain Valley school districts. Students who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to community service are eligible for the Blue Springs Rotary Club Scholarship and the Blue Springs Rotary Club President’s Scholarship.
“I am so grateful for the scholarship and the opportunity to go to college and pursue the career I want for the future. Receiving a scholarship like this one makes you feel like all of the hard work that you’ve done was worth it.”
Now pursuing a nursing degree at William Jewell College, Jolee is excited to be on the path to a career in healthcare and is eager to make a difference.
“A lot of people have asked if COVID changed my mind. Honestly, it has had the opposite effect. I can’t wait to start clinicals and get back into hospitals and places where I can help people. Nothing is going to make me give up this dream, not even a global pandemic.”