Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) Recipient List Released For Chadron State College

Chadron State College has announced the names of 22 incoming Nebraska students who have been accepted in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) as participants and three alternates.

According to Director of Health Professions Kristal Kuhnel, CSC and University of Nebraska Medical Center officials who interviewed and selected the students are pleased with them and confident they have an understanding of the rigorous requirements of the program, as well as a commitment to return to rural Nebraska after they graduate.

Students selected as participants in the program receive a full tuition scholarship to CSC and take pre-professional training at CSC with guaranteed pre-admittance to one of the UNMC sites, if they meet the program’s standards. Dental students will take advanced training at Lincoln, the nursing students at Scottsbluff, dental hygiene students at Gering, and all the others in Omaha. According to Kuhnel, alternates often become participants before completing their time at CSC.


Nathaniel Cooper, Bridgeport

Jordan Wear, Fort Calhoun High School

Taylor Buescher, Sutton

Medicine (participants)

Lydia Connell, Arnold

Spencer Knuth, Holdrege

Sage Konicek, Ord

Ian Papenfus, Scottsbluff

Aubrey Schultis, Tryon

Medicine (alternates)

Micaiah Vrbka, Brainard

Kelli Schoch, Columbus

Ashley Mutchie, Hemingford

Medical Laboratory Science

Mariah Schneider, North Platte


Chevi McClintock, Elsie

Josie Brown, Gering

Ethan Roby, Grand Island

Hailey Snyder, Grant

Jessica Badje, Hay Springs

Hailey Holtz, Venango

Physician Assistant

Brooke Becker, Hastings

Brooke Benson, O’Neill


Jace Russman, Cozad

Joshua Kruse, Leyton

Physical Therapy

Tyrianne Baney, Ogallala

Logan Moravec, Scottsbluff


Kesha DeGroff, Broken Bow