Every year, Mason General Hospital Foundation’s Auxiliary awards scholarships to individuals in the community who would like to pursue careers in the field of health care. The awards are made possible from proceeds raised by the Foundation’s Gift Shop and donations.The Gift Shop is completely staffed by volunteers. It has been raising funds to provide scholarships for students entering the medical profession since 1968, and this year’s scholarships are the largest given to date, totaling $30,000. Categories for this year’s award recipients included: High School, Adult Community, Employees of MGH&FC, Renewable Awards, and the Kristi Armstrong Scholarship.
Five scholarships, each in the amount of $3,000, went to 2017 Shelton High School graduates planning to pursue a career in various aspects of the medical field. This year they went to Julia Goodale, Seth Nacht, Matthew Rossow, Jacob Schreiber, and Sierra Semanko. All recipients have been accepted at either a junior college or university as the first step in the post high school education to pursue their desired career. Julia Goodale plans to attend Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ to earn a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree. Seth Nacht will attend Tacoma Community College, pursuing his career goal as a Radiology Technician. Matthew Rossow plans to go to South Puget Sound Community College to earn his nursing degree. Jacob Schreiber will be attending Central Washington University with the ultimate goal of achieving his Bachelor of Science, Paramedicine. Sierria Semanko will attend Washington State University as her first step towards a career in Sports Medicine.
Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were also awarded to Kelsey Albaugh and Molly Mackintosh, both Community Adult recipients. Kelsey is a second-time recipient in the Auxiliary’s scholarship program, working towards achieving her nursing degree and is currently enrolled at Olympic College, Bremerton. Molly is enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, continuing her education as an X-ray Technician.
Marissa Hubble is a MGH&FC employee and two-time previous recipient of the Auxiliary’s Renewable Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. She is currently enrolled as an online nursing student at Indiana State University. Marissa will complete her degree at the end of 2017 as a registered nurse and plans to continue her employment at MGH&FC.
Two more Renewable Scholarships were awarded in the amount of $1,500 each to Kendru Dimalanta and Angela Kivi. Kendru attends the University of Washington, Seattle, and is on track to receive his Bachelor of Arts, Psychology in June 2020. Angela, a current employee at MGH&FC, is enrolled in an online program at Western Governor’s University. Her ultimate goal is to become a registered nurse, and work in the Emergency Department at MGH&FC.
Two scholarships were awarded this year in the name of Kristi Armstrong. Kristi was a longtime registered nurse at MGH&FC and founding member of the Centennial Guild. An award of $4,000 was made to Jaime McClanahan, who has been accepted in the nursing program at South Puget Sound Community College. Upon completing the program and receiving her nursing degree, Jaime hopes to begin her career at MGH&FC. An additional scholarship of $2,000 was awarded to Erica Schuman, another MGH&FC employee, currently enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College. Erica’s plan is to become a Certified Physician’s Assistant.
All monies used to fund the annual scholarships are proceeds raised from sales at the MGHF Auxiliary Gift Shop, and donations. The most recent donation came from the Betty Koza Estate. The Gift Shop, located near the Main (south) Entrance of Mason General Hospital, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.