Kristen Wheeler, a current second-year Medical Laboratory Technician student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Manhattan Area Technical College was awarded The Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Student Scholarship and earned the Kansas Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (KSCLS) Outstanding Student Award.

Legacy scholarships of $1,000 each are available to 50 MLT students who are in their final year of a NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory technician program.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) partners with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics annually to award scholarships to clinical laboratory students. The scholarships help defray education costs, promote medical laboratory science as a rewarding career, and to help address the workforce shortage of qualified professionals.
Wheeler’s award letter stated that the ASCP Scholarship Committee, composed of laboratory professionals and educators, chose to award “you a scholarship because you have shown outstanding academic achievement in your clinical laboratory science studies, have demonstrated strong leadership, and actively participate in community service.”
Each year KSCLS recognizes one outstanding student from each of the medical laboratory technician and medical laboratory science programs in Kansas. During her academic course for the MLT program, Wheeler of Westmoreland has earned a 4.0 grade point average. She is currently completing her advanced clinical practicum rotation and will complete the program requirements in August.
“Kristen is an outstanding student and will be a tremendous addition to the medical laboratory science profession,” said Suzanne Campbell, MLT program coordinator. “She is knowledgeable, highly motivated, and will provide excellent care to the patients that she will serve. I am proud to have Kristen as a graduate of the MLT program.
“She is absolutely top of the class this year. She works hard academically and in the laboratory setting. She asks questions as needed and is always seeking to learn more. I look forward to having her as a colleague in the clinical laboratory profession.”