Hospital Auxiliary Awards Scholars

Seven area high school seniors were awarded scholarships during the Auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital’s annual spring dinner.

Lucille Otte, Auxiliary Scholarship chairperson, presented seven high school seniors, representing six high schools, with scholarships each worth $4,000 over a four-year period. With the addition of these recipients, the Auxiliary is pledging $30,000 this academic year toward scholarships.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a volunteer must be a current high school senior with a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer service at Wheeling Hospital. They must be entering into a health-related college curriculum and carry a 2.5 high school GPA. Each applicant also must complete a scholarship application including an essay on how their volunteer experience influenced their career choice.

Receiving the scholarships were Faith Barkhurst, Buckeye Local High School; Samantha Scarnechia and Audrey Loew, both of Wheeling Park High School; Johnny Giovengo, The Linsly School; Megan Rafa, John Marshall High School; Megan Kirkpatrick, Wheeling Central Catholic High School; and Brianna Sowers, St. Clairsville High School.

These students have given a combined total of 1,560 service hours at Wheeling Hospital.

In addition, John Marshall High School senior Jenna Boram was presented a $1,000 scholarship check by Dianna Simmons, president of the Auxiliary of West Virginia Hospital Association. Applications for this scholarship were received from 33 hospitals throughout the state with only four applicants awarded scholarships.

Under the leadership of president Karen Donathan, supported by the dedication and commitment of the Auxiliary membership, money is provided from many different events to fund the scholarships.

“It is the aim of the Department of Volunteer Services to facilitate the development of the Junior Volunteer’s role in the hospital and afford these teens the opportunity to safely perform meaningful service as a viable part of our health care team. Our goal is to help our Junior Volunteers build self esteem, promote a sense of social responsibility and build relationships outside of school with people of various ages and backgrounds” said Debbie Romaine, director of Volunteer/Guest Services said.