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Cross Allied Health Science Scholarship Announced 

 

May 3, 2013

 

Dr.  Albert and Carol Cross of Trenton want to help students achieve their higher education dreams in order to change their lives and the lives of their families forever.  Through the establishment of the new Cross Allied Health Science Scholarship, they will be able to accomplish this goal many times throughout the years.  Countless students may not have the means to attend college without financial support so the Crosses will be able to help many future recipients of their scholarship.

This endowed scholarship is the latest to be announced as a part of the Gifts in Action scholarship campaign currently underway at North Central Missouri College.  It will allow students pursuing a degree in the Allied Health Sciences career pathway to be awarded money in both their fall and spring semesters.  North Central’s Allied Health leaders of tomorrow cannot help but feel the positive impact of this generous bequest.

“I have been involved with the nursing program since its inception. Early in its history, nursing students rotated through my office to become acquainted with medical office practices,” Dr. Cross commented.  He went on to say, “I had occasion to hire some of those nurses after their graduation. I found them to be well-trained, industrious, and excellent help.”

During NCMC’s recently-completed Invest in the Vision Campaign, Dr. Cross was very involved in the drive which allowed NCMC to build a new, state-of-the-art Allied Health Building.  This building bears the name, Dr. Albert and Vera Cross Hall.  “I, along with my late wife Vera, was honored to have our names put on the building,” commented Dr. Cross.

Now, Dr. Albert and Carol Cross would like to help students who would find it difficult or perhaps impossible to otherwise get an education. “Since I have spent most of my adult life involved in healthcare, as have some members of my family, we are most interested in this career field. That is the reason we have specified that these scholarships will be given to allied health students.”

Dr. Cross is a strong believer in the importance of higher education.  After high school, he attended college in Maryville.   He then taught school in Melbourne, Missouri where he was also the principal.  In 1951, he was called to serve his country during the Korean War.  After military service, he attended and graduated from the University of Kansas City School of Pharmacy.  Then, he attended the University of Missouri’s School of Medicine while working as a Pharmacist.  After graduating from medical school, he did his residency at Kansas City General Hospital.  Thereafter, Dr. Cross practiced in the medical field in Trenton from 1963 to 1995.

Teresa J. Cross, Director of the NCMC Foundation, said, “I am proud to be a part of the Cross family and have been inspired by the legacy Dean and Carol are establishing with this Cross Allied Health Science Scholarship.”  Mrs. Cross continued, “By setting up this new scholarship, Dr. and Mrs. Cross will have a positive impact on many NCMC Allied Health students each year.  This is a true gift in action which has inspired me, my family and hopefully others in our region to give toward our Gifts in Action Scholarship Campaign.”

Please contact Teresa Cross at 660-359-3948 x1403 or by e-mail at tcross@mail.ncmissouri.edu to discuss a named scholarship in honor of family members or in memory of loved ones. These Gifts in Action will help deserving students achieve their higher education goals.