Washington Hospital Service League Is Accepting Scholarship Applications from Students
For the 53rd year, the Washington Hospital Service League is offering scholarships to local students seeking a college degree in a health care-related field.
As part of the Service League's focus of "Making a Difference by Helping Others," the group annually offers two $1,000 scholarships which are renewable for up to three additional years, according to Dian Zarzycki, 2014 Service League Scholarship Chairman. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA during the years in college and must remain enrolled in a health-related degree program.
The Service League's parliamentarian Jeannie Yee notes that its membership strongly supports these scholarships and provides these funds annually.
"The Washington Hospital Service League has awarded $294,275 in student scholarships over the years," says Yee. "It's all part of the commitment of the volunteer organization to support the hospital and the community."
This year, she reports, a new $1,000 scholarship has been added to the Service League scholarships. It is named the Anna Elola Health Care Scholarship, honoring one of Washington Hospital's staff members who recently retired after 43 years with the hospital. For the past 23 years she served as director of volunteer services at Washington Hospital. In announcing this new scholarship, the Service League also bestowed honorary membership upon Anna Elola.
Students who live in the Washington Township Health Care District are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Applicants for these three scholarships must be age 22 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2014, be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited school, college or university that offers a bachelor's or higher degree in a health-related field and contribute to the community by accruing at least 100 hours of service or working in a health-related field.
Deadline for applications for the scholarships is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Learn more at www.whhs.com/community/scholarship-opportunities.
Scholarship Recipients Pursue Their Educational Goals
Since two of the annual scholarships are renewable, the Service League scholars continue to be in touch with the group and share their academic journeys. Among current and past recipients of these scholarships, 2010 winner Alexander Prucha is now a senior at U.C. Berkeley, majoring in Integrative Biology with a focus on Human and Health Sciences. He intends to obtain a Ph.D. While at American High School, he volunteered at Washington Hospital's ICU/CCU information desk.
Demi Phan, class of 2011, at St. Francis High School, is currently a Biological Sciences major at University of the Pacific, enrolled in a pre-dentistry program. She is active in a pre-dental fraternity and helps the group raise funds for the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Majoring in Nursing Science, Becky Hui, a 2012 graduate of James Logan High School, volunteered during her high school years at Washington Hospital by helping out at the information desk and participating in the newborn photography program. She is a student at the University of California, Irvine, and majoring in Nursing Science.
"Although I am still exploring the various careers within nursing, I am currently looking into pediatrics. I am volunteering at a free clinic in Orange County as a nursing trainee on weekends," she says.
Stacey Yi is a pre-med student at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and was inspired by her participation in Washington Hospitals' Medical Explorers program.
"It exposed me to so much, so I could really figure out what direction I should take in my educational future," she says. "I was able to learn about pediatrics, oncology and palliative care. I'm now working on how to put these three things together and define my direction in the medical field."
A 2012 graduate of Irvington High School, she has been a hospice volunteer and is currently involved with Camp Kesem, a national non-profit organization that addresses the needs of children whose parents or caretakers have been affected by cancer.
Recent Washington High School graduate Neil Almeida, class of 2013, is a biology major at St. Bonaventure University, in western New York.
"I hope to pursue a career in health care. I amÊworking on becoming a Certified First Responder in Emergency Medical Services and I also volunteer with Knights of Columbus," he says.
Learn More About the Washington Hospital Service League
Washington Hospital Service League was established in 1955. Its active members volunteer in many capacities around the hospital, including greeting patients and visitors, working in the gift shop, delivering flowers to patients' rooms and helping with patients who are being discharged from the hospital. They also provide assistance during hospital events.
Since its inception, the Washington Hospital Service League volunteers have spent 1.9 million hours in service to Washington Hospital and have raised more than $2.3 million for the hospital. For more information on Washington Hospital Service League, visit whhs.com/volunteer.