The Bend Surgery Center Foundation awarded $29,500 in scholarships to recent high school graduates entering college this fall who plan on pursuing a career in the healthcare field.
Twenty-six students from area high schools were each awarded scholarship awards ranging from $500 - $5,000 to use at the college of their choosing.
“Providing resources to assist Central Oregon students in getting the necessary education to have a career in healthcare is an honor,” said Neal Maerki. “Being able to contribute to the future of our local healthcare community has been embraced by the local medical and greater Central Oregon community through donations at our annual fundraiser.”
The scholarships were available to eligible high school seniors from all three Bend high schools, as well as to Crook County, LaPine, Gilchrist, Madras, Redmond and Sisters schools. The foundation wishes to congratulate the following scholarship winners:
Bend Senior High School Lizbeth Santana, Claire Nichols, Sera Stinson and Wesley Brown
Crook County High School Randi Roberts and Kayla Morgan
Gilchrist High School Taylor Bean
LaPine High School Wesley Bryant
Madras High School Rachel Mendazona
Mountain View High School Shelbee Wells, Nurhayati Wolfden, Sara Andre and Tess Andresen
Redmond High School Elissa Brouillard, Jesse McGinty, Janessa Haugen and Chloe Goad
Redmond Proficiency Academy Jessica Nurge
Sisters High School Sebastian Boehm
Summit High School Megan Knowlton, Keelin Moehl, Zachary Hoskins, Claire Navarra, Daisy Gallegos, Josilyn Ogden, Gardenia Rodriguez
"I can’t put into words how excited I am to go to the Oregon Institute of Technology and get a degree in radiology,” said Elissa Brouillard, scholarship recipient from the 2012 class of Redmond High School. “Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement.”
The Bend Surgery Center Foundation will hold their 4th annual fundraising events to raise money to provide additional scholarships on January 26, 2013. The event will be held at the Tower Theatre and will feature entertainment, food & drinks and a live and silent auction. To sponsor the event or make a donation, please visit the foundation’s website at www. bendsurgercenterfoundation.org.
About the Bend Surgery Center Foundation
The Bend Surgery Center Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization created to encourage and inspire Central Oregon students to pursue careers in healthcare by providing funding for educational opportunities. The foundation is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors which raises funds to award scholarships. To learn more about the Bend Surgery Center Foundation, visit www.bendsurgerycenterfoundation.org.