Scholarship recipient

Scholarship recipient Reed Struewing (center) is congratulated by Margaret Mary Health registered nurses Mary Norman (left) and Lisa Banks.

The Doris A. Brelage Nursing Scholarship has been awarded to Northern Kentucky University student Reed Struewing by the Ripley County Community Foundation.

Every year, the RCCF is proud to distribute the scholarship because of the character and work ethic of Doris Brelage. She was a great example of the best Ripley County has to offer: kind, generous and dedicated to the community. This scholarship was established by the Brelage family after her death. She was a registered nurse and EMS member and spent 37 years at Margaret Mary Community Hospital as director of nursing, head of surgical nursing and director of infection control.

Registered nurse Lisa Banks states, “Doris was a dedicated nurse, great friend and mentor. I think she would be very proud to support Reed in his nursing career. Reed’s dedication to community service and aspirations to positively impact others were shared by Doris.”

The son of Lisa and Mike Struewing is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at NKU. He serves as education chair and social chair of his fraternity and is a Freshmen Service Leadership Committee member. He has been on the dean’s list and has over 200 hours of community service, including helping to raise over $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Struewing says, "I chose this course of study because I want to make a difference in peoples’ lives and look back in 30 years knowing I’ve made an impact.”

To qualify for this scholarship, students must be a Batesville High School graduate or be nominated by a practicing nurse at Margaret Mary Health, be accepted into a nursing school and demonstrate dedication to both academics and community service.

To donate to the Doris A. Brelage Nursing Scholarship, visit or stop by the RCCF office at 13 E. George St., Suite B, Batesville. Contact us at (812) 933-1098 or with any questions or to learn more about our scholarships.


The Ripley County Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists donors in building an enduring source of charitable funds to benefit the citizens and qualified organizations of Ripley County. The Foundation manages 193 funds and over $12 million dollars in assets which are used to improve the Community and serve Ripley County residents through various grants and scholarships. The Foundation is dedicated to partnering with and serving the local communities as a trusted source for charitable giving now and forever. Learn more about the Foundation and how to donate at

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