AU Student-Veteran Receives Sanford Health Scholarship

AU Student-Veteran Receives Sanford Health Scholarship

Sanford Health presents the $5,000 scholarship check to AU student Amy Brandt. (From left to right) Mary Nelson, faculty associate for the AU department of nursing; Paul Weckman, director of Diversity, Inclusion, Veterans and Military Services for Sanford Health; AU student Amy Brandt; Dr. Margot L. Nelson, interim chair and professor emerita of the AU department of nursing; Dr. Colin Irvine, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean; and AU President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.


Augustana University (AU) nursing student Amy Brandt is a recipient of the Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship worth $5,000. Brandt is one of only four students who received the scholarship in the region. Recipients are chosen based on leadership, character, academics and community service.

The announcement came as a surprise to Brandt as she was honored in front of her fellow nursing students along with AU President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin; Paul Weckman, director of Diversity, Inclusion, Veterans and Military Services for Sanford Health; and Margot L. Nelson, interim chair and professor emerita of the AU department of nursing.

Brandt, a nursing student at Augustana, works as a Human Resource and Administrative Specialist, and a Sergeant, at the SD Army National Guard in Rapid City. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medication Aid at the Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls.

“It was an extremely competitive pool of scholarship applicants, and Amy stood out among the crowd,” said Weckman. “Her background — working two jobs, going to school, her volunteering and global missions trips, and her duties with the SD National Guard demonstrate her work ethic and commitment to help others.”

Brandt’s military achievements include a deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, among others.

Academically, Brandt is a member of the National Honors Society and a Summa Cum Laude high school graduate. She has also received Honor Graduate status from both Army Basic Training and Advance Training schools, and was given the “Iron Man” award for the highest physical fitness test.

“Supporting our active duty and veteran population is important to Sanford,” said Weckman. “If we can help students reach their goals through education, it will help the entire community.”

About the Scholarship

The Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship is awarded to any veteran, Guard/Reserve, or active duty military service member who has demonstrated leadership and commitment in his/her community.

Award recipients must have demonstrated exceptional character and leadership in furthering their own progress and in enriching the lives of others, especially in service, academics, and community involvement.

The scholarship is a project of the Sanford Health Department of Veterans and Military Services, which was created as the health system aims to become the employer, provider and partner of choice for service men and women. Led by retired Navy Capt. Paul Weckman, the department is actively working on projects to enhance the veteran experience at its facilities — for both employees and patients.

The Sanford Veteran Information Hotline is 800.949.1848 and provides veterans with a single point of contact for questions.