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Hohmann Receives Scholarship for Civic Engagement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

HELENA – Carroll College student Heidi Hohmann was recently awarded the George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship by the Montana Campus Compact for her tireless investment in community service through her work with Special Olympics, animal welfare and children. She was one of ten Montana college students to receive this scholarship.

“I could not have received this award without the amazing work and dedication that the Health Science department has for their students, especially Kelly Parsley and Gerald Schafer,” said Hohmann. “Without Kelly constantly reminding the Health Science students of volunteer and work opportunities, I probably wouldn't have volunteered at Bryant Elementary and learned about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in class. The Health Sciences department at Carroll strives to connect in-class teachings to real life opportunities. It's so wonderful that we live in an open community that fosters health and wellbeing here in Helena. I can't wait to take more of my work out into the public in the future.”

A junior health science and public health major from Spokane Valley, Wash., Hohmann has volunteered the past three years as a health educator for the annual Special Olympics Montana Health Clinic, for five years with the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), and she volunteers weekly at Bryant Elementary in the Sixth Ward in Helena, Mont., helping to build resiliency in children who have experienced the toxicity of stress through adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In addition to being an Asian American immigrant, she will be the first in her family to graduate from a four-year college. Her future plans include working in health care internationally through the Peace Corps.

“Heidi is a great example of what Carroll College strives to instill in our students—that what we do isn’t just for school, but for life. In keeping with the ideals of George Dennison, she has invested and continues to invest her time in improving her community and making this world a better place,” said Gerald Schafer, PhD, assistant professor of Health Sciences at Carroll College.

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC), an eighteen-campus higher education network, recently announced the inaugural class of the George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship winners. The award recognizes students at MTCC affiliate campuses who have volunteered significant time, energy and resources – while pursuing a degree or certificate – to projects that make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Half of the funds for each scholarship have been donated in memory of George M. Dennison by Jane Dennison and sons, Rick and Robert Dennison, and their families. George Dennison was a tireless champion of service and was the co-founder of Montana Campus Compact. The other half of each scholarship is matched by the winners’ institutions.