Foundation Announces Kruse Scholarship Awardees

Foundation Announces Kruse Scholarship Awardees

Mosaic Life Care Foundation has announced two Lowell C. Kruse Healthy Choices. Healthy Lives. Scholarship awardees for 2020.

Rebecka Ernst, University of Missouri, Columbia and William Thomson, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences will each be awarded $10,000 to help offset tuition costs.

Ernst, a 2020 scholarship awardee, said the scholarship means much more than decreasing her financial burden.

“My goals for the future aligned perfectly with the focus of the Kruse scholarship,” Ernst said. “To improve the quality of life for residents of Mosaic Life Care’s service region. For me, that’s through providing medical care for rural citizens in northwest Missouri while also implementing community programs to help prevent disease.”

The Kruse Scholarship provides financial assistance to a first-year, full-time graduate student studying in areas leading to improved quality of life for the residents of the Mosaic Life Care service region. This includes careers in health care administration, early childhood development, not-for-profit management and educational leadership.

Details about eligibility and the scholarship application can be found at

Lowell C. Kruse, president and chief executive officer of Heartland Health from 1984 to 2009, is well-known regionally and nationally for his commitment to quality and passion for improving the quality of life within the region. Kruse successfully led the merger of two community hospitals into a regional medical center nationally recognized for quality. Heartland Health is now known as Mosaic Life Care.

Kruse continues to champion initiatives to advocate for higher levels of education and improve the health and well-being of communities. To honor his leadership and commitment to excellence, the Lowell C. Kruse scholarship is funded by Mosaic Life Care and is managed by Mosaic Life Care Foundation.

Visit or call 816.271.7180 for additional information on the Lowell C. Kruse Healthy Choices. Healthy Lives. Scholarship.