NHRMC aids students pursuing health careers

June 09, 2006
Local graduating high school seniors have been awarded $1,000 scholarships toward their college degree by New Hanover Regional Medical Center to encourage and support their pursuit of a health care career.

The medical center this year instituted a program that offers a scholarship to one graduating senior from each of the county high schools who has already determined to have a career in health care. Preference is given to students who participated in Allied Health Sciences curriculum.

“This program has the potential to bring students here to work after they graduate,” said Keith Strawn, Vice President of Human Resources at New Hanover Regional.

“They grew up in New Hanover County, and with support from the medical center, we hope they will consider working for us when they complete their studies. It also shows our local community that we support higher education and want to help when we can.”

The scholarships are administered through New Hanover County Schools with applications available from the counselors.

The following 2006 graduates received health care scholarships:

Candace Williams, Ashley High School
Attending: East Carolina University
Plans to become a registered nurse

Jessica Andrews, Hoggard High School
Attending: Davidson University
Plans to become a physician

Meghan Reeves, Laney High School
Attending: UNC-Wilmington
Plans to become a physical therapist

Latasha Turner, New Hanover High School
Attending: UNC-Wilmington
Plans to become an obstetrician

Many college students who attend UNC-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College or come home during summer and winter breaks spend time at the medical center as volunteers. This experience enhances their studies and provides an opportunity for some hands-on health care experience. Michelle Hern, Junior and College Volunteer Coordinator, said New Hanover Regional works with more than 200 college students every year by placing them in areas such as the Coastal Rehabilitation Hospital, the Emergency Department, surgical waiting room and radiology.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call 343.7704 or visit www.nhrmc.org/volunteer