“I like serving the community where I live,” said Rachael Krebs. “And as a nurse I get to care for people from my hometown.” Rachael started working as a certified nursing assistant in 2005. She really enjoyed it and thought it was a great career.
Then with two small children and one on the way, she escaped from her abusive husband and returned to her parents’ home in Dayton. “I was so grateful to have a job as a certified nursing assistant here,” she says. “As you can imagine, it was a very stressful time in my life.”
In 2012, Rachael decided to take it to the next level and get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After completing her prerequisite courses at community college, Rachael was overjoyed to be accepted into the nursing program at George Fox in June 2015. “I wanted to go to a Christian college and it meant I wouldn’t have to travel to Portland or Salem, time I could spend with my family! Although I received a nice financial aid package from George Fox, it didn’t cover all the costs,” said Rachael.
That’s when she was encouraged to apply for funds from the Mike Olberding Education fund. When she first started school, her husband didn’t have steady employment, so Rachael was working full time and going to school full time. She said, “I couldn’t have done it without the scholarship money.”
Rachael graduated in April 2018. “I am so excited to be fulfilling my dream of being a nurse. It’s hard to persevere and keep working toward your goal at times, but lessening some of the financial stress makes a huge difference,” she said. She continues to work for Providence.
“I like serving the community where I live”