JACKSON, CA – Preparing for college can be an exciting and expensive endeavor. To help with the cost of tuition, The Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary has generously provided $5,000 in scholarships to five local high school students pursuing careers in the medical field.
Vanessa Kristofferson, an Amador High School graduate who hopes to be a pediatric surgeon.
Madyson Porta, an Amador High School graduate who will attend the University of Portland for nursing. Lauryn Davis, Argonaut High School graduate studying to be an ultrasound technician.
Koby Wright, Argonaut High School graduate who will attend the University of California, Los Angeles. David Kelaita, who will attend the University of California in Santa Cruz.
"We believe it is important to provide financial assistance to students to help make their college dreams a reality," said Therese Stamm, scholarship chairperson for the Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary. "It is our hope that these students will return to our community with their new skills, and we are thankful they are investing their time and education to pursue healthcare careers."
With more than 40 applicants, the scholarship applications were carefully reviewed with money awarded on the applicant's qualifications, financial need, grade point average and letter of recommendations.
"Thank you so much for choosing me," said Lauryn Davis, a Pioneer resident. "It is an honor to receive this award and I am extremely grateful to the Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary."
According to Stamm, the Auxiliary has donated more than $50,000 in scholarships in the last ten years.
"We understand that it is very expensive to attend college in today's economy," she said. "Our scholarship donations are possible thanks to funding from our thrift store, gift shop and fundraisers throughout the year to help those students in need."
At Sutter Amador Hospital, more than 100 auxiliary members dedicate nearly 20,000 hours of service to patients and staff each year. Not only do auxiliary members volunteer their time, they also contribute financially to the hospital. In 20 years, the Auxiliary has donated $500,000 to the hospital to purchase medical equipment and other materials needed for patient care services.
This month, they donated $20,000 to Sutter Amador Hospital for the purchase of new equipment in the Family Birth Center and Emergency Department.
“As a community hospital, we are so grateful for our volunteers who generously give their time and make valuable contributions to our hospital,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “These heartfelt efforts help create an atmosphere of healing, and we appreciate every hour our volunteers contribute to our hospital community.”
Want to make a difference? The Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary offers several volunteer opportunities to fit your skills and interests. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary at 209-223-7408.