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Scholarship to help Manor of the Plains employee achieve career goals

Certified Medical Assistant Guillermo Argumedo was recently awarded a scholarship through PMMA’s Employee Scholarship Program which he’ll use to further his education in healthcare.

Guillermo originally learned about the program when he started working at the community a little more than a year ago as a high school student, but it took some prompting from Executive Director Tammy Thompson to actually get him to apply.

“She reminded me of the scholarship and Claudia [director of nursing] pushed me to apply,” said Guillermo.

Guillermo plans to use the financial assistance he’s receiving to help cover his books and tuition fees on what he hopes will be his first step toward achieving his career goals.

“I want to specialize in burns and then hopefully—as my career keeps growing—I want to become a nurse practitioner,” said Guillermo.

Guillermo’s education will take him from Dodge City across the state to Wichita where he’ll attend Wichita State in the fall. Luckily, he will be staying in the PMMA family by joining the staff at Wichita Presbyterian Manor.

“I’m super excited about the scholarship and to start the next part of my life, but It’s going outside my comfort zone, meeting new people and working with a new branch of PMMA,”

said Guillermo.

Guillermo says that winning the scholarship is somewhat bittersweet as he will be leaving behind, at least temporarily, what has become a large support network at the community.

“I’m going to miss just the general camaraderie between me and my co-workers and superiors. We sit down and talk with each other, even after work,” said Guillermo. “I’ve made so many great friends—so many people have helped me out.”

Guillermo is viewing his move to Wichita as an opportunity to grow that network even more.

“I’m happy I was one of the people to get the scholarship and grateful for the opportunity to continue working with the Manor and grow as a person and meet more people in the PMMA community,” said Guillermo.

The Employee Scholarship Program was established in 1978 with an endowed gift from C.E. Koehn. Today, continued support from donors including payroll deduction elections from employees help maintain the scholarship program. Without charitable support this program would not exist.

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