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Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary gives $12,000 in scholarships

6/8/2016
​​​​​​MT. VERNON, IL (June 8, 2016) –  Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary scholarship and Warren-Holler scholarship recipients attended a reception Thursday, June 2 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon. 

“Our Auxiliary has again increased its scholarship fund to give area high school seniors each $1,500.00 to assist youth in their pursuit of health care careers,” stated Karen Huntington, Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Committee Chair.  The committee members were Bob Brown, Dell Hill, Paula Flanigan, Linda Hoffman, Mary Jo Pemberton and Huntington.  

“In addition to completing the application packet, candidates were interviewed for 15-20 minutes by our Committee,” stated Huntington. 

Each Committee member scored the candidates on financial need, academic performance, aptitude and their interview.  Scores were aggregated to make the final selection.  “Each year our Committee sees intelligence and excitement among the candidates, I know our future is in good hands,” said Huntington.

The reception gives an opportunity to recognize the recipients, congratulate their parents and present the students with a check payable to their college of attendance.  Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to assist these engaging and hardworking young people as they pursue a career in health care.  

Twelve thousand dollars was given between eight students to assist them in pursuit of their health care related career.  Students and their parents enjoyed a reception along with a chance to visit with Auxiliary and hospital personnel. In addition to the seven Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary scholarships, the Warren-Holler Scholarship is provided by Mike and Brenda Warren. The Paul & Mary Dickerson Scholarship is named in memoriam of two of the Auxiliary’s former, long time volunteers.

Scholarship recipient information follows:​

Kylie Newell, who is graduating from Waltonville High School, will attend Rend Lake College to pursue a career in nursing. Newell received the Paul & Mary Dickerson Scholarship. Monica Heshmat, Director of Volunteer Services at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, presented a certificate and check to Newell who also happens to be the daughter of hospital employee, Stacy Newell, who works on 3200.

Megan Gallatin, graduating from Salem Community High School, is pursuing a career in nursing while attending University of Southern Indiana. Heshmat presented the certificate and check.

Madison Lewis, who graduated from Waltonville High School, will attend St. Louis University to pursue a career in nursing. Heshmat presented the certificate and check.

Shelby Tucker will graduate from Wayne City High School then attend Frontier Community College to commence her studies as a nurse. Jane Byers, Good Samaritan Auxiliary President, presented the check and certificate. 

Tori Belmont, graduated from Webber High School and will attend Rend Lake College to continue her career in nursing. Belmont is the daughter of hospital employee Carla Trotter.  Mike Warren, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital President presented Belmont with the Warren-Holler scholarship and check. The scholarship is given on behalf of Warren and his family.  

Gunner Lundius, who is graduating from Mt. Vernon High School, will attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to pursue a career as an emergency medicine physician.  

Amber Dublo, who is graduating from Sesser-Valier High School, will attend Rend Lake College to begin pursuit of a career as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. 

America Dagg, who is graduating from Wayne City High School, will attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue her goal of a career as a Clinical Counselor. Lundius, Dublo and Dagg were not able to attend the reception.  

For opportunities to be part of the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer, please contact Monica Heshmat, Director of Volunteer Services at 618-899-1031.

Photo, left to right: Jane Byars, Good Samaritan Auxiliary President, scholarship recipients Shelby Tucker, Tori Belmont, Megan Gallatin, Madison Lewis, and Kylie Newell along with Mike Warren, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital President.