WELLSBORO - Members of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital (SSMH) Auxiliary seek to spread the gift of knowledge with two $1,000 healthcare scholarships, awarded to Caitlin Dalykas and Ashley Seeley.
The scholarships are meant to help them achieve their goals of giving back to the community through healthcare.
Dalykas holds an associate degree as a medical assistant technician and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in medical technology at Mansfield University.
She works in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital's laboratory as a phlebotomist during the evenings, attending college full-time during the day.
"After I graduate from the medical technology program, I plan to obtain a job in the laboratory and assist the local community by doing my part to further the medical field," said Dalykas. "My goal is to assist doctors and nurses through processing patient specimens to help keep patients healthy."
Seeley has a degree in medical technology and is pursuing a masters in physician assistant studies at Lock Haven University with the ultimate goal of serving a rural community as a certified physician assistant (PA-C) in a pediatrics office.
She has been actively involved in both academics and the community, including Future Farmers of America, Campus Crusades and bible study fellowship.
"Being well-educated is an extremely vital part of being a strong leader and community member," said Seeley. "I plan to be involved in the community both through my job and through charity to give back as a young, educated adult."
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary offered $1,000 scholarships to community members of all ages who are pursuing post-secondary education in a healthcare career program, awarded based on financial need and academic performance as a one-time, non-renewable sum to two candidates each year.
Graduating high schools seniors, home school students, GED students, college undergraduates, graduate students and non-traditional students (e.g., those returning to school after several years) pursuing a clinical field were all invited to apply.
"We are looking forward to continuing to provide this annual opportunity for students throughout our communities," said Faith Preston, SSMH Auxiliary/ volunteer coordinator.
For more information about the SSMH Auxiliary, future scholarship opportunities or how to volunteer at SSMH, call 723-0191 or visit the SSMH Auxiliary webpage at lau relhs.org.