Announcing the recipients of the 2023-2024 Best Family Scholarship

August 11, 2023 

For Immediate Release 

Contact: Amy Taylor, 

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation would like to announce the recipients of the 2023-2024 Best Family Scholarship. Four students pursuing an education in various medical fields were selected for the upcoming academic year:  Luciana Alonzo, Rachelle Goddard, Kylie Speer, and Tieraney Thornburg. 

The Best Family recognizes the healthcare worker shortage facing our rural communities. The family’s goal is to encourage others to enter the healthcare field by offering financial support. The Best Family Scholarship received several applications which were evaluated by a committee of healthcare professionals in the industry.   

“The Best Family has generously supported healthcare professionals since 2014 with the award of their scholarship,” said Amy Taylor, Director of Foundation and Guest Relations. “The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation is honored to partner with the Best Family on their mission to promote healthcare education.”  

Luciana Alonzo is a first-year nursing student at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. She will complete the 2-year nursing program in 2024. Previously, she graduated from Field Kindley High School as well as Coffeyville Community College.  

Rachelle Goddard is a graduate of Field Kindley High School, Coffeyville Community College and Community Care College in Tulsa, Okla. She is currently attending Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting in Nashville, Tenn. She plans to graduate in the summer of 2024. 

Kylie Speer is studying radiology at Labette County Community College. She is a graduate of Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Community College. Kylie plans to complete her degree at LCCC in 2025. 

Tieraney Thornburg, a Best Family Scholarship winner in 2023, will receive the award again for 2024. Thornburg is a Field Kindley High School graduate who completed her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University. Tieraney is studying for an Occupational Therapy Doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Tieraney should graduate in the spring of 2024. 

The Best Family Scholarship was created by the children of Jerry and Norma Best in memory of their father and to honor their mother. The intent of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in the area who have been accepted into an accredited health-related program. All donations to the Best Family Scholarship are generated by fundraisers held by the family, including their fall mum sale. 

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