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Local Students Receive Scholarships from Lakeland Auxiliary
Jun 23, 2014 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – The Lakeland Health Auxiliary recently announced the recipients of its annual volunteer scholarships during a special reception. The Auxiliary awards scholarships to current Lakeland volunteers pursuing healthcare careers, with a minimum requirement of six months of service and at least 75 hours donated annually. Recipients are determined based on their school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and personal essays.

“The time, energy, skills, and talents these students generously give, again and again, are priceless,” said Linda Fites, Manager of Volunteers for Lakeland Health. “We are pleased to be able to give back to them through these scholarships.”

Currently, 50 high school and college students donate their time to Lakeland. They work in various areas including nursing units, the emergency departments, pharmacy, coffee shop, and gift shops.

Luke Higgins, of Niles, who recently graduated from Buchanan High School, received the Lakeland HealthCare Auxiliary Pawating Volunteer Scholarship for $3,000. At Lakeland Hospital, Niles, Luke volunteers as an assistant in the Emergency Department. In the fall, he is planning to attend the University of Michigan to study cognitive or neurological sciences in hopes of entering medical school and specializing in surgery or psychiatry.

Dakota Cook, of Stevensville, who recently graduated from Lakeshore High School, received the Gen Starkey Volunteer Scholarship for $3,000. At Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Dakota volunteers as an assistant in the Emergency Department. In the fall, he will be attending Central Michigan University to major in Exercise Science: Kinesiology with plans to become a physician’s assistant.

Five additional volunteers received $2,000 scholarships from the Lakeland Health Auxiliary.

Aiya Jweihan (Niles) and Lauren Bitterman (Berrien Springs) each received $2,000 Lakeland HealthCare Auxiliary Pawating Volunteer Scholarships.

Aiya, a sophomore at Michigan State University, volunteers as a clerk in the Dream Catcher Gift Shop at Lakeland Hospital, Niles. She is pursuing a degree in psychology with future plans to study clinical psychology and ecological-community psychology in graduate school.

Lauren volunteers as an assistant in the Emergency Department at Lakeland Hospital, Niles. A recent graduate of Andrews Academy, Lauren will attend Andrews University to study chemistry with plans of becoming a doctor.

Leah McQuone (St. Joseph) and Kurt Wendland (Stevensville) each received $2,000 Lakeland HealthCare Auxiliary Volunteer Scholarships.

Leah, who recently graduated from St. Joseph High School, will be attending Eastern Michigan University to study occupational therapy. She has volunteered her time at Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Health Park in St. Joseph.

Kurt, who is a recent graduate of Lake Michigan College, volunteers as an assistant in the Emergency Department. In the fall he will be attending Western Michigan University, majoring in biochemistry with the goal of one day becoming a hand surgeon.

Courtney Rousselle, of St. Joseph, received the Lakeland Health Auxiliary Berrien General Volunteer Scholarship for $2,000. Courtney is currently a student at Lake Michigan College and is pursuing a degree in nursing. She is volunteering as an assistant in the Emergency Department at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph.

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