Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary awards annual scholarships
Review/Kevin Graff: Bradley Dennis, of Alliance High School, who is going to Kent State University, Haley Davis, of West Branch, going to Youngstown State, and Hannah Zuppe, of Marlington, who is going to Mount Union, at the Scholarship event at the Alliance Community Hospital on Monday.
The Alliance Community Hospital Auxiliary recently held a reception to honor four area high school seniors and their family members. The Dr. James J. Thomas Scholarship is awarded annually to four recipients who are interested in entering the health care field. Special guest was Stan Jonas, CEO of the hospital.
Scholarship Chairman Mary Lou Williams welcomed those in attendance and thanked the ACH Auxiliary for its efforts in making the four $1,500 scholarships possible.
Bradley Dennis, an Alliance High School graduate, plans to attend Kent State University and major in nursing. He would like to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner and work with adolescent patients.
Hannah Zuppe, a Marlington High School graduate, plans to attend the University of Mount Union and major in biochemistry. Her goal is to receive a doctorate degree and go into cancer research.
Haley Davis, a West Branch High School graduate, plans to attend Youngstown State University and major in nursing. She would like to work in surgery and perhaps become a nurse anesthetist.
Lauren Beech, a United High School graduate plans to attend the University of Mount Union and major in nursing. She would like to become a labor and delivery nurse and then later transfer to a neonatal intensive care unit.
The Auxiliary Scholarship Fund was created in 1987 to provide financial assistance to students entering the health care field. The fund was named for the late Dr. James J. Thomas, who was a former hospital anesthesiologist who upon retirement became a hospital volunteer. His generous donation funded the beginning of the scholarship fund and has been added to over the years by fundraising done by the auxiliary. Their efforts this year amounted to $48,000, which allowed the hospital to purchase needed items for different departments in addition to offering the four scholarships.
Williams, who has been chairman for four years, acknowledged her committee members, Nancy Freconna and Joan Gecina. She said the committee had 37 applicants and the winners were chosen based on a point system, the criteria being financial need, school and community involvement, interest in going into a health care field and general academic achievement.
"It's really hard to choose our winners because all of the students are qualified and excel in many areas," Williams said.
The scholarship is open to all area seniors each spring. It is one of the many important things the hospital auxiliary likes to do for the community.