Northwestern Presents $51,000 in Scholarships at Chiropractic Homecoming

Kate Martin | February 27, 2013

Alumni and friends of University support student success.

Northwestern Health Sciences University awarded $51,175 in student scholarships at the 2013 Chiropractic Homecoming and Winter Gathering held Feb. 7-9. A total of 41 scholarship awards were presented to 27 students.

The annual event brings hundreds of Northwestern chiropractic alumni and nearly 100 vendors to campus for continuing education, networking and social events. Student scholarships are presented at a luncheon hosted by the Alumni Association board.

Two new scholarship opportunities were created by the families of two graduates who passed away in 2012.

The family of Joel Johnston, DC (’00), of Oxford, Ohio, generously donated $5,000 for a student scholarship. Dr. Johnston passed away in May 2012. Through the scholarship, they wish to honor the late Dr. Johnston’s passion for chiropractic and motion palpation. As a result of the scholarship process, several alumni are helping to re-activate Northwestern’s Motion Palpation club. The winner of the Dr. Joel Johnston Memorial Scholarship was Meghan Wall, T8 chiropractic student.

A second memorial scholarship in the amount of $5,000 was established by the family of Cory Anderson, DC (’82), of Brooklyn Park, MN, who passed away in February 2012. Dr. Anderson practiced in Edina and Brooklyn Park for more than 30 years. Following his death, Dr. Anderson’s wife was overwhelmed with the comments, cards and notes she received from his patients. She’d always known how dedicated he was to his work but she didn’t know quite how much he had touched his patients’ lives. It was important to her that the scholarship be given to a student with high personal integrity, who is personable and will be dedicated to their patients, someone who puts the needs of others ahead of their own, someone with a sincere, kind nature who exudes warmth and kindness. This scholarship was awarded to Kate Craig, T7 chiropractic student.

“This award has encouraged me in the race to complete school with excellence,” Craig said, “and has inspired me to keep dreaming BIG!” When she met the family, “I felt like I was able to get to know Cory without ever having the honor to meet him, because his family shared so many wonderful stories about him and the legacy he left behind."

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