A new scholarship program for healthcare-minded teens

A new scholarship program will support graduating high school seniors who have an interest in and will declare a college major in the health sciences field of study.

The Scottsdale Healthcare Auxiliary Golden Anniversary Commemorative Health Science Scholarships will be awarded every April, beginning in 2012. Three $5,000 scholarships will be presented annually to high school seniors who participated in the Healthcare Exploration teen volunteer summer program at Scottsdale Healthcare. Applications for the summer program are due Friday, May 6.

“The Scottsdale Charros are making a $50,000 donation (over two years) to this scholarship program to celebrate the Auxiliary’s 50 years of service to the community, it’s 50K for 50 years,” says Felicia Prostrollo, director of volunteer services at Scottsdale Healthcare.

The summer program allows students to learn firsthand what it’s like to work in the healthcare environment. “We are hopeful that these students will become leaders in healthcare and their communities with a lifelong commitment to volunteer service,” says Prostrollo.

During the past five decades, Scottsdale Healthcare Auxiliary members have served more than five million hours and provided more than $5 million in financial gifts and service to Scottsdale Healthcare. For many years, the Auxiliary has partnered with the Charros to provide parking and ushers during spring training baseball games at Scottsdale Stadium.

“The Scottsdale Charros and the Scottsdale Healthcare Auxiliary are longtime partners in serving our community. We are proud to acknowledge the academic performance of exceptional high school students and support their educational endeavors in the health science professions,” says Peter Rusin, executive director of Scottsdale Charros.

The eight-week teen volunteer program is open to students ages 15 to 17 from June through August. Students volunteer at least four hours a week at either Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center or Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

Participants help with everything from staffing information desks and gift shops to delivering flowers and ensuring family members in waiting areas are updated on their loved one’s status. Teen volunteers may also attend weekly “lunch and learn” presentations by Scottsdale Healthcare physicians on topics such as orthopedics, research, emergency services and family medicine.

Applications, instructions and additional information on the teen volunteer Healthcare Exploration program can be accessed at shc.org/volunteer. Deadline for completed application packets is 4 p.m. Friday, May 6. Each teen applicant will be interviewed before being considered for the program.

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