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2019 Hansen Scholarship Recipients

May 13, 2019


The Cass County Health System Foundation recently awarded the Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarships, which provide $5,000 to each student for the upcoming academic year. The 2019 recipients are:
• Emily Beerman, Clarkson College
• Madison Helvie, Des Moines Area Community College
• Morgan Anstey, Iowa Western Community College
• Tatum Heath, Morningside College

“We usually award two scholarships every year, but this is the second time the board has awarded four scholarships,” said Dave Chase, CCHS Foundation Treasurer. “We had a number of great applications this year. We’re very happy to be able to help these four exemplary students in their pursuit of a healthcare degree.”

The Louie and Elsie Hansen Scholarship was established through the generosity and careful planning of these two life-long Cass County residents. The Hansens believed in higher education, so much so that over 70% of their estate was bequeathed for that purpose, including a gift to the CCHS Foundation.

Under the supervision and guidance of the CCHS Foundation, scholarship opportunities are provided yearly. As per the Hansens’ wishes, scholarship candidates must have graduated from a Cass County high school and be enrolled in and accepted to an accredited nursing or medical doctor school pursing a degree as LPN, RN or MD.

The Hansens lived and farmed in the Marne area until they retired and became residents of Atlantic. Louie was a Cass County Supervisor and served on the county Agricultural Soil Conservation Committee. He is often remembered as a great story teller. Louie and Else are also remembered for their many collections. The Hansens were avid travelers, enjoying vacations throughout Europe and Hawaii. Being of Danish ancestry, their visits to Denmark allowed them the chance to discover relatives, traditions and special locations of their families’ past.