Date: 6/25/2008

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary Invests in Community, Awards Scholarships to Area Students

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary has invested in our local communities this week by awarding scholarships to 11 applicants who are seeking to either enter the healthcare field or further their education in healthcare.

“Through this program, these students will be able to help us make an impact on the health and well-being of the fellow citizens of this community,” said Janice Ryba, hospital administrator. “Scholarship gifts are an investment in our society — an investment made in human beings. Because, after all, one of the greatest satisfactions a human being can have is to know or realize that they are making a difference in the lives of others.”

Assistance ranging from $500 to $2,335 has been awarded to applicants Mary Mulligan of Hobart; Marcia Irby of Gary; Jimmy Page of Crown Point; Kristyn Gutowski of Chesterton; Timothy Yee of Munster; Irene Lopez of Merrillville; Stephanie Brass of Highland; Travis McClaskey of Hobart; Luiza Idalino of Portage; Natalia Fetea of Crown Point and Kim VanEerd of Crown Point. The Hersh Family Scholarship Award was presented by Kay and Ralph Hersh to Natalia Fetea of Crown Point. The recipients plan to be educated in a variety of areas, including physical therapy, pharmacy and nursing.

St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary is led by Sr. Mary Ellen Goeller, director of volunteer services and pastoral care at the hospital. The scholarship committee members from the auxiliary are John Burton, Vicki Thompson, Julie Morton, Mary Ellen Penovich, Aileen Williams, Teresa Pedroza, member at-large and Lois Miller, chair.