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March 11, 2009 > Washington Hospital Organizations Offer Scholarships

Washington Hospital Organizations Offer Scholarships

Many students may find it more challenging than ever to find the means to pay for college. But thanks to several scholarships that are available from organizations within the Washington Hospital Healthcare System, students residing in the Washington Township Health Care District can receive some much needed financial assistance.

Four separate Washington Hospital organizations offer 14 different scholarships. These departments include the Washington Hospital Service League, Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Washington Hospital Medical Staff, and the Washington Hospital Employee Association.

Washington Hospital Service League Scholarship

The Washington Hospital Service League awards two scholarships annually to Washington Township Health Care District students who are pursuing studies in a health-related field. The scholarships are awarded each year to graduating high school seniors and/or current college students.

Each scholarship is for $1,000 per year and is renewable each year for three additional years as long as the student remains in a health-related program. In addition, the student must continuously remain in good standing with a 2.5 GPA or higher. The scholarship is limited to four years.

"The Washington Hospital Service League is very proud of the work they do for Washington Hospital and their community," says Anna Elola, Washington Hospital's Director of Volunteer Services. "Over the years, the Service League has donated more than $250,000 in scholarship money which has helped more than 120 students fulfill their dream of going to college."

John Mena, a long time Fremont resident, decided to volunteer his time at Washington Hospital in 1992 as a way to show his gratitude for the scholarship his daughter Teresa received from the Service League.

Today, Teresa is a registered dietitian for San Diego State University Foundation and is a lactation specialist and a staff trainer for the WIC Program, which is a special supplemental nutritional program for women, infants and children.

"After my daughter was awarded a four year scholarship, I wanted to help pay back the Service League," says Mena. "Volunteering has been a great experience and I really enjoy helping people."

Mena spends his time volunteering as a surgery liaison in the Hospital's surgery waiting room where he is responsible for updating waiting families on their loved ones recovery status.

Mena also encouraged his wife Irene to volunteer at Washington Hospital. She volunteers her time in the Hospital's gift shop and is one of the buyers who is responsible for purchasing new baby items.

To qualify for the Service League Scholarship, an applicant must:
* Be a U.S. Citizen and reside in the Washington Township Health Care District
* Age 22 or younger as of December 31, 2009
* Accepted into an accredited school, college or university offering a bachelors or higher degree in a health-related field
* Be a full time student
* Contribute to the community by accruing at least 100 hours of volunteer service or working in a health related field

For more information about this scholarship program, please call the Service League office at (510) 791-3465. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Wednesday, April 1.

Washington Hospital Foundation Scholarship

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation offers two scholarships annually in the memory of former Washington Hospital Medical Staff physicians. The Steven P. Mitchell, M.D. Scholarship and The Franco Beretta, M.D. Scholarship, are both in the amount of $2,500.

These two scholarships are awarded to a college student who is pursuing a medical degree. All applicants must be enrolled in or have proof of acceptance to an accredited U.S. Medical School. All students must be a resident or former resident of the Washington Township Health Care District or have significant ties to the District.

"Through the years, I have really enjoyed the opportunity of serving on the selection committee for many of these scholarships," says Brent Hodson, Washington Hospital's Chief of Community Support Services. "I have gained a great appreciation for the dedication, hard work and level of achievement of our scholarship candidates."

To learn more information about these scholarships, please call the Foundation at (510) 791-3428. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Friday, May 15.

Medical Staff Scholarships

The Washington Hospital Medical Staff offers seven scholarships each year to students residing in the District who are pursuing careers in the health sciences field.

* Employee Scholarships - Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Washington Hospital employees pursuing additional education.
* High School/College Student Scholarships - Any student entering a health science field or college student currently enrolled can apply for the Washington Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship ($1500), Robert Foley, M.D., Memorial Scholarship ($1000) and the Devorah Taghioff Scholarship ($1000).
* Nursing Scholarships - A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the nursing program at San Jose State University and another $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an Ohlone College nursing student.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Monday, March 16. For applications or additional information about the scholarship program, please call the Medical Staff office at (510) 791-3446.

Washington Hospital Employee Association (WHEA) Scholarship

The Washington Hospital Employees' Association (WHEA) offers a $2,000 annual scholarship. The Don Pickinpaugh Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a dependent of a Washington Hospital employee. Applicants must be either a graduating high school student or college student that plans to attend an accredited community college or university.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 18. For more information about the WHEA Scholarship, please call Mike Rogers at (510) 608-1320.

Download a Scholarship Application

Please visit to download a scholarship application and to learn more information about the wide variety of scholarships that are offered through the organizations in the Washington Township Health Care District family.

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