Published on August 16, 2021

Parkview Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Parkview Foundation and its scholarship committee is proud to announce the recipients for its 2021 scholarship awards.

Twenty-three students were awarded scholarships to further their education, with a total impact of $66,000. 

“Now, more than ever, it is evident healthcare workers are needed and we are honored to help support the healthcare workforce in Southern Colorado.  It is our goal to continue to grow our resources in the Parkview Foundation to increase scholarships each year.  I want to thank our board committee members for their tireless effort to award scholarships in an incredibly strong applicant pool,” stated Lisa Siegel, Executive Director of the Parkview Foundation.  

The foundation committee consisted of Rick Gonzalez, Greg Johnson, Allison Nizami, Michelle Ribaudo, and Dr. Brittany Skewes. Award winners vary from obtaining their BSN and Doctorate of Nursing, Surgical Technology Associate Degree and Master’s Degree in Leadership. 

The scholarships have a local focus.  All scholarship recipients are Pueblo County residents.

The scholarship recipients are:

  • C.W. Smith Healthcare Scholarship, Richard Pena
  • Harmon Family Parkteen Scholarships, Gia Genova
  • Dr. Steven Nafziger Medical Staff Scholarship, Nicole Deverich, Ryan Wheat
  • Parkview Foundation Nursing Scholarship, Ayrionna Benavidez, Veda Bigley, Lea Cassidy, Meagan Cosby, Samantha Frankmore, Amy Foraker, Alexis Garcia, Samantha Garcia, Katherine Ortiz, Meghan Rivera, Derek Simony, Krysta Swallow, Vanessa Tom, Kyler Weaver
  • Medical Lab Science, Jaqueline Gomez-Suzuki, Eleanor Medina, Lauren Smith Mikelah Rae Suzuki
  • SCEMA Scholarship, Jordan Sisneros, Abigail Smith
  • Parkview Foundation Non-Clinical Healthcare Scholarship, Stephanie Hager, Sherry Vigil
  • Dr. Matthew Sumpter Memorial Scholarship, Shayla Mitio

To date, the Parkview Foundation has given over one million in funding to students furthering their education.  If you are interested in supporting healthcare scholarships, please visit or call 719-584-4526.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.