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Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing & Rehab and the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of their annual scholarship awards to area students. This year a total of $11,000 was awarded to high school seniors in the Benton Community, Center Point-Urbana and Vinton-Shellsburg school districts pursuing degrees in nursing or human health professions.

The Virginia Gay Hospital Scholarship was established in 1992. This year, eight students received awards valued at $1,000 each. These high school seniors were selected in part because they plan to pursue a career in a health profession. Those receiving the award are Makenna Bonewitz of Benton Community High School; Mikayla Raue of Center Point-Urbana High School; Justin Bartz, Teagan Burroughs, Elisabeth Davis-Walker, Hannah Kalous, Jenna Lane and Madison Rippel of Vinton-Shellsburg Community High School.

Three area high school students also received the Jeanette M. Miller Scholarship, established in 2014 in memory of a hard-working woman who was careful with what she had, lived frugally, and was generous in taking care of those people and institutions that took care of her. Her donation to the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation will fund this scholarship opportunity for many years to come. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who plan to specifically pursue a career in nursing and to members of the Virginia Gay Hospital nursing staff. This year’s student award winners receiving $1000 each are Jennifer McKinney (Benton Community), Jordan Van Vors (Center Point-Urbana) and Bethany Miller (Vinton-Shellsburg High School).

A previous recipient of the Virginia Gay Hospital scholarship recently sent a note as a follow-up to her scholarship experience on what a difference it made in her education. “I am writing to you today to once again express my gratitude for your generous gift that helped me financially to attend college. My college years were truly an adventure; they presented me with opportunities that 18-year-old me never could’ve dreamt of and they have shaped me into the person I am today.” “…I am now a college graduate with greater aspirations than when I began because of the support and encouragement I have received. For that, I have you to thank. Thank you!” — Katherine Hansen

The board members of Virginia Gay Hospital, Clinics, Home Health, Nursing & Rehab and the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation are pleased to continue the tradition of “paying it forward” to the communities they serve by offering scholarship opportunities because “they believe strongly in the power of education and helping students achieve their dreams,” states Robin Martin, Director of the Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation. “We see this an opportunity to pay back the community we serve in addition to promoting quality health care for the future by encouraging students to seek educational opportunities in the medical field.”

For more information about these scholarship awards, please visit www.myvghfoundation/scholarships.