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WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary Awards Scholarships

Photo Provided - Gathering for the announcement of this year’s WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary scholarship honorees are, from left: hospital Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Archer; Volunteer/Guest Services Director Sheri Harvey; scholarship winners Rilyn Haught and Brianna Merkel; hospital President and CEO Douglass Harrison; and Auxiliary President Rowena Baker. Not pictured is scholarship winner Marlee Johns.

The Auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital recently awarded scholarships to three teen volunteers.

Scholarship winners are Rilyn Haught of River High School, daughter of Dana Biles and Jeff Haught; Marlee Johns of The Linsly School, daughter of Les and Missy Johns; and Brianna Merkel of Buckeye Local High School, daughter of Heather and Jason Merkel.

The students, who graduated high school this year, each received scholarships worth $1,000 a year for four years. With the addition of the latest recipients, the auxiliary will be pledging $26,000 in the 2022-23 academic year for 26 students.

“I am so excited for our scholarship winners and for their future in the healthcare field,” said Sheri Harvey, director of Volunteer/Guest Relations. “They have volunteered a total of 582 hours in a short time to meet the requirements to apply for the Auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital scholarship. They have been able to volunteer in many different areas of WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital and have gained knowledge and understanding that will be beneficial in their future endeavors.”

To be eligible for this scholarship, a junior 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 must complete a scholarship application including an essay on how their volunteer experience influenced their career choice.

Harvey said, “Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity and experience for students to be able to serve our patients and visitors.”


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