Seven Butler Tech grads earn prestigious nursing scholarship

Pictured left to right: Natalee Downard, Alexis Vaught, Amanda Engelbert, Zachary Enneking, Peyton Price, Bayley Cohen (Not pictured: Erin Toepfert)

Pictured left to right: Natalee Downard, Alexis Vaught, Amanda Engelbert, Zachary Enneking, Peyton Price, Bayley Cohen (Not pictured: Erin Toepfert)

$280,000. That is no small chunk of change. But that’s the collective total in scholarship money that seven recent Butler Tech graduates received to apply toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Each of the seven students earned the college’s prestigious Summo Commisso Missi scholarship, designed to attract the brightest future nurses from across the Tristate.

“I worked really hard for this,” said Zachary Enneking, a Colerain High School graduate who studied Health Services at Butler Tech’s Colerain Career Center. “I didn’t have any financial help before the scholarship, and I was very worried about taking out loans.”

The scholarship is merit-based and highly competitive. At minimum, a student must have either a 3.75 or higher cumulative grade point average or an ACT score of 27 or higher. The reward is significant: $40,000 toward a four-year degree.

“The study habits that Butler Tech gave me were huge,” Enneking said. “I feel like if I would have come out of high school with just AP classes, I wouldn’t understand the college classes I’m taking now. Not to mention, there’s a lot of personal experience that comes, and high school doesn’t really give you that, but Butler Tech did.”

Amanda Englebert, a Monroe graduate who studied Health Technologies at the Butler Tech Bioscience Center, echoes the benefits of receiving career-focused education while in high school. “Coming here was the same environment as Butler Tech,” she said. “For anatomy, I already know basic concepts and everyone else is still trying to figure out medical terminology which I already have down.”

For Amanda, receiving the scholarship was transformational in the opportunity it provides. “I didn’t have any other financial aid besides the scholarship, and I couldn’t afford college. The scholarship is giving me the chance to go to the college I love and do something that I want to do, and I got it by studying.”

Because the Christ College is part of the The Christ Hospital Health Network, the students are receiving additional support and mentoring by hospital staff, including with the network’s Chief Nursing Officer.

The Summo scholarship recipients are: Peyton Price (Colerain), Zach Enneking (Colerain), Alexis Vaught (Colerain), Bayley Cohen (Colerain), Erin Toepfert (Butler Tech Bioscience Center / Colerain), Amanda Englebert (Butler Tech Bioscience Center / Monroe), and Natalee Downard (Butler Tech Bioscience Center / Monroe).