SLC nursing student awarded HFM scholarship

Posted On November 14, 2017

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Story and photo courtesy Holy Family Memorial

MANITOWOC, WI — Silver Lake College student Sandy Backus, who is working toward earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing so that she can become a registered nurse,  has been awarded the Karen Kvalo Deehr Memorial Scholarship from Holy Family Memorial.

The scholarship is awarded annually to an HFM employee pursuing higher education in a health care-related field. Backus, who began her career with HFM in 2012, is a patient service representative at the HFM Cancer Center.

The scholarship was created in honor of Karen Kvalo Deehr by her husband, retired Judge Allan Deehr, and Karen’s parents, Arnold and Harriet Kvalo. Karen’s family established the scholarship with a high regard for education and the opportunity to expand knowledge as Karen Deehr did. Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in health care administration one month prior to her death. She was director of HFM’s Home Health and Hospice Department from 1986 through 1995.

Silver Lake College and Holy Family Memorial were both founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.


Mary Maurer, HFM Vice President of Community Engagement, from left; Sandy Backus, scholarship winner; Susan Senglaub, HFM Director of Fund Development; and Sue Schmeichel, Manager of HFM Cancer Center.