Samaritan Hospital Foundation Distributes $38,000 in Scholastic Awards in the Medical Field

June 28, 2017

Samaritan Hospital Foundation (SHF) and University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center (UHSMC) awarded $38,000 in medical scholastic awards to area students.

The top four scholastic awards of $2,500 or higher went to: Rachel Willis, who is receiving $3,000 and is attending North Central State College to pursue her career as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Willis is receiving $1,000 from the North Central State College (NCSC) program and $2,000 from the UHSMC/SHF fund. Pursuing nursing careers are Emily Harvey who is receiving $2,500 from SHF. Harvey is attending Capital University. Jillian Earnest is also receiving $2,500 from UHSMC/SHF and will be attending North Central State College, and Catherine Schaefer is receiving $2,500 from UHSMC/SHF and will be attending Ohio Northern University. All top four scholastic award winners are pictured above.

Other scholastic winners are Rachel Cutlip, Frances Radway and Allison Nalley, each receiving $2,000 from the Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Scholastic Award. This award was established in 2008 by SHF and Ashland University (AU) and is designated for healthcare professionals who must be enrolled at AU. 

Heather Dingus is receiving $500 from the Brad Hudkins Scholastic Fund. Dingus will be pursuing her career in nursing and will be attending NCSC. Kearson Petruzzi is receiving $1,000 from the Gounder & Ponnammal Scholastic Award. Petruzzi’s chosen field is health promotion, nutrition and exercise science and she will be attending Ohio State University. Jill Williams is receiving $1,000 for her chosen field of nursing from the Samaritan School of Nursing Alumni Scholastic Fund and will be attending AU. Gage Barone is receiving $2,000 for working toward a nursing degree from the Alice E. Stinchcomb Award and will be attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Receiving the UHSMC/SHF Awards are: Wynette Canfield is receiving $1,500 and attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University in nursing, Amanda Finger is receiving $2,000 and attending NCSC in nursing, Chase Witmer is receiving $2,000 and attending NCSC to become an EMT/Paramedic, Noah Pindel is receiving $1,500 and attending Ohio State University in Mansfield entering the field of food science/dietetics, Sidney Allen is receiving $1,500 and attending the University of Toledo for nursing, and Jamie Zilko is receiving $1,500 and attending the University of Toledo in medical technology.

Receiving SHF Awards are: Hayley Sotherland is receiving $2,000 and will be attending Bowling Green State University working on a degree in occupational therapy, Lauren DeBracy is receiving $500 and will be attending AU working on her nursing degree, Lynsey Plues is receiving $1,500 and will be attending Grand Valley State University working toward her nursing degree, Kelsey Kerr is receiving $1,000 and will be continuing her education in nursing and medical humanities at Ohio Northern, Tecca Ringler is receiving $,1000 and will be attending University of Findlay studying pharmacy, and Ashlynn Beacher is receiving $1,000 and attending University of Kentucky working in biology toward a pre-med degree.

Scholastic Awards are distributed annually, based on funding. Applications are usually accepted in April.  For more information about the Samaritan Hospital Foundation Scholastic program, please call Mona Campbell at 419-207-7861 or visit our website

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