Mason General Hospital Auxiliary, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, has offered Health Care Scholarships to graduating seniors from county high schools for 50 years. At first, the scholarships were for nursing careers only. Later, the scholarships were expanded to include technicians and therapists, and eligibility was extended to other students and currently employed personnel of MGH&FC.
The Scholarship Fund consists of proceeds from the MGHF Gift Shop (maintained and staffed by Auxiliary members and volunteers) and from Memorials made to the Auxiliary. The amount of each scholarship award is determined annually by the size of the Fund and number of selected recipients. The 2016 recipients each received $2,000 for the 2016-17 academic year.
This year’s recipients include (l-r): Miranda Sowle, South Puget Sound Community College – Dental Hygienist, (2nd award); Angela Kivi, MGH&FC Registration specialist, Grays Harbor College, Registered Nursing degree; Gretchen Tausa, MGH&FC surgical nurse, Western Governor’s University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Izabel del Bosque, Shelton High School, University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Jaymie Pentony, Shelton High School/Olympic College, Whitworth College, pediatric oncologist. Not pictured Bethany Spear, Pensacola Christian College -Bachelor of Science in Nursing (3rd award); and Kendru Dimalanta, Northwest Christian High School, University of Washington, medical doctor.