The Westerly Hospital Auxiliary recently awarded college scholarships to six local students who plan to pursue or advance their career in healthcare. Two-thousand twelve marked the 39th year of the scholarship program.
Recipients were selected from a large field of applicants. In addition to submitting their career plans and academic and extracurricular achievements, each student was required to write an essay explaining why they have chosen healthcare as a career path.
Of the six $1,000 Auxiliary scholarships awarded, one of those scholarships came from the Mary C. Pucci Fund, established by the late Joseph Pucci in 1999 in memory of his wife Mary to honor her involvement in the Westerly Hospital Auxiliary. The Mary C. Pucci Scholarship gives preference to a student who wishes to pursue a career in “hands on” patient care and make a different in a patient’s experience.
This year’s Mary C. Pucci Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to William Law of Charlestown, RI who is currently attending the University of Rhode Island and plans to pursue a career as a physician.
Students who received the five $1,000 Auxiliary scholarships were: Courtney Cousineau from Chariho High School who plans to pursue a career as a physician; Jacob Routhier of Chariho High School who plans to attend the University of Rhode Island and pursue a career in nursing; Kyle Rohdin of Westerly High School who plans to attend the University of Rhode Island and pursue a career in Pharmacy; Heather Arnold, who is currently employed at The Westerly Hospital and attends the New England Institute of Technology, plans to pursue a career as a Surgical Technologist; Claudine Murphy, currently employed at The Westerly Hospital and attends the Community College of Rhode Island, plans to pursue a career in Nursing.