Prosser Memorial Health Foundation and its Auxiliary Volunteers raise funds through sales at the hospital’s gift shop. These funds are earmarked as scholarships for high school seniors pursuing higher education in the healthcare field. This is the first year Prosser Memorial Health Foundation has opened up the scholarship area to include Grandview and Kiona-Benton High Schools.
“Now that Prosser Memorial Health has clinics in Grandview and Benton City it only made sense to offer this scholarship opportunity to high school seniors in these communities too,” said Shannon Hitchcock, Executive Director, Prosser Memorial Health Foundation.
The Foundation received 13 scholarship applications from the three school districts. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors and Auxiliary Volunteers reviewed all applications taking into consideration the student’s grade point average, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, letters of recommendation and their financial need.
“If it were up to me, I would have given all of the applicant’s scholarships!” said Lois Chilton, Prosser Memorial Health Foundation Board Member and Auxiliary Volunteer. “All 13 scholarship applications were impressive. We need to increase the sales in our gift shop so we can help out even more students in our community next year.”
The scholarship recipients are:
Grandview High School: Christian Alejandra Parra who is planning to attend Washington State University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Prosser High School: Nayeli Cabrera who is planning to attend the University of Washington and study Pre-Med.
Kiona-Benton High School: Dane Oliver who is planning to attend Columbia Basin College to pursue a degree in nursing.