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Hospital Volunteers Provide $11,000 in Scholarships

CHI St Luke's contributed photo
CHI St Luke’s contributed photo

When you walk through the main lobby at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial every day, one of the first things you notice is the alluring smell of popcorn. For many, it’s just too much to resist, especially for only $1 a bag.  

Those ‘George Washingtons’ add up over time.  So much so that the Volunteer Auxiliary at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial recently gave away $11,000 to students pursuing a degree in the medical field. The popcorn bags are a fundraiser that began in 1987 by volunteer Daisy Wadsworth who wanted to create a scholarship fund. Since that time, the Volunteer Auxiliary has given away $364,000 in scholarships. New this year, the hospital’s valet department devoted all of its tip money to the scholarship fund, which in turn provided half of this year’s scholarships. Their contribution to the scholarship fund was truly appreciated.

The 2017 recipients of the $1,000 scholarships are pursuing future careers in areas such as nursing, biomedical engineering, speech pathology and medical billing and coding. They can reapply for the scholarship each year for a total of $4,000.

Market Chief Operating Officer Shawn Barnett spoke to the recipients and their families at a banquet held in their honor on Thursday, July 27 about the importance of the volunteer organization at the hospital and their gift to students in our community. He told the students to “go to school and take advantage of this opportunity they’ve been given.”

“Find your niche within the medical field, and then when you start your new job, contribute to the organization where you are. We certainly hope that’s here at CHI St. Luke’s Health, but if not, we wish you the best in wherever you go,” Barnett said.

This year’s scholarship recipients include Lauren Flournoy, Whitney Flournoy, Kendell Jones, Jante’ Mark, Stephanie McClain, Maci Moore, Lauren Parham, Sarah Phillips, Tristan Sims, Hunter VanSchoubroek and Remya Varghese.

Pictured from left to right, front row: Remya Varghese, Lauren Parham, Jante’ Mark, Debbie Perkins, Volunteer and Scholarship Selection Committee Chairperson; and Kendell Jones. Left to right, back row: Gloria Gregory, Volunteer Auxiliary President and Scholarship Selection Committee Member; Jarrad Grumbles, RN, Scholarship Selection Committee Member; Sarah Phillips, Hunter VanSchoubroek, Shawn Barnett, Market COO; Whitney Flournoy, and Stephanie McClain. Not pictured: Recipients Lauren Flournoy, Maci Moore and Tristan Sims; and Scholarship Selection Committee Members Don Newland, Auxiliary Past President and Counselor; and Angie McLelland, RN.

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