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AHMC Auxiliary Announces 2020 Scholarship Awards

Nineteen students, from graduating high school seniors to college students, received scholarships totaling $15,000 from the UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary this year, as the group awarded its annual gifts to students pursuing careers in health care.

High school seniors receiving a $300 scholarship award are: Olivia Burke of Franklin Academy, who will be attending SUNY Brockport to pursue a career in Nursing; Amaya Campbell, who will be attending St. Joseph’s School of Nursing at LaMoyne College; Leah Gallagher, who will be attending SUNY Plattsburgh to pursue a career in Nursing; Madison West, who will be attending Utica College and is majoring in Physical Therapy; Tyler LaVare of St. Regis Falls Central School, who will be attending CV Educational Services in Plattsburgh to pursue his LPN certification.

College students receiving a $1,000 scholarship award are: Rebecca Bonville of SUNY Plattsburgh Nursing; Ashley Debyah, who is pursuing a Doctorate of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences; Arielle Gary, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at Louis College of Health Careers; Ellie Gravelle, who is majoring in Biology and Psychology at LeMoyne College, with the goal of becoming a Physician Assistant; Caroline Harrigan, who is attending North Country Community College for Nursing; Molly Johnson, who is pursuing her RN/BSN certifications at SUNY Canton; Caitlyn McGillicuddy, who is pursuing her BSN certification at SUNY Stony Brook; Brynn Nelson, who is pursuing her BSN at SUNY Canton, with the goal of becoming a Registered Nurse Anesthetist; Brendan Raville, who is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, with the goal of becoming a physician; Haley Raville, who is attending Sienna College for Nursing; Alexis St. Hilaire, who is majoring in Veterinary Technology at SUNY Canton; Morgan Thomas, who is attending SUNY Plattsburgh for Nursing; and Meaghan Wood, who is attending the Rosalind Franklin University Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and is expected to graduate with her medical degree in 2021. Erin McDonald, who is attending The College of St. Rose to complete her Masters Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, received a $500 scholarship award.

The Auxiliary also reviewed applications for the annual Hugette MacDonald Memorial Scholarship Award, which is intended for those pursuing a career in nursing. This year’s recipient is Chloe VanEss of Brushton-Moira Central School, who will be attending LeMonye College’s St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. She received an award of $1,000.

This year’s Scholarship Committee included Eleanor Bennett, Kay Ray, Mary Tatro and Mary Kay Smith, the group’s chairperson. Smith called the scholarship awards one of the group’s most important contributions to the community each year.

“Supporting the next generation of health care professionals is something we take very seriously,” said Smith. “These are the young men and women who will be caring for our communities for years to come. I can’t think of a career that’s more deserving of our support and appreciation.”

The scholarships are funded by the group’s yearly fundraisers, as well as donations, membership dues and sales from the hospital gift shop. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the auxiliary cancelled the annual awards ceremony where the scholarships are normally given to students.

Anyone wishing to support the Auxiliary can mail a gift to the attention of the AHMC Auxiliary  at 133 Park St., Malone, NY 12953.