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Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary awards scholarships

The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $1000 scholarships to each of three local students who are planning to enter the healthcare field. Awards were presented to a high school student, a college student, and a current Schuyler Hospital employee pursuing continuing education. Derek Thoman, son of Todd and Robin Thoman of Odessa, is a 2008 graduate of Odessa–Montour High School. He has been active in the Montour Falls Fire Department and an Explorer with the Schuyler County Ambulance Association. He is a New York State First Responder and is currently taking classes to become an Emergency Medical Technician. A member of the National Honor Society and president of his school’s Rotary Interact organization, he attended the New Visions Health program at Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Thoman plans to attend the Albany School of Pharmacy. Philip St. Julien, son of Dell and Nancy St. Julien of Watkins Glen, is a medical student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is interested in a career in Rural Family Practice as well as pursuing additional training in sports medicine. During the past year he took part in a medical missions trip to Tecate, Mexico, and also attended a conference for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association in San Diego. He is a volunteer for youth basketball programs and for a free clinic for uninsured residents of Schuyler County. Christopher Wawrzusin works full time at Schuyler Hospital as a Critical Care Technician in the ICU. He served in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also currently enrolled in the Nursing program at Corning Community College. Scholarship awards are presented each year to graduating high school seniors and other residents of the county who plan to enter careers in the healthcare field. In addition to graduating seniors, scholarships may be granted to adults who are already in the healthcare field and wish to further their education through advanced coursework. Awards are based on academic achievement, volunteerism, and personal essays.Previous recipients have been in such diverse fields as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, speech therapy, midwifery and pharmacy The Auxiliary awarded its first scholarship of $250 in1990. Over the next eighteen years it has grown to three $1000 scholarships. Funds for the awards are raised through the auxiliary’s hospital gift shop and other volunteer activities. For more information about the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, contact Joanne McLaine, President, at (607) 535-4858 or go to www.schuylerhospital.org

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