2017 Healthcare Scholarship Recipients Announced

May 29, 2017

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Students studying everything from psychology to nursing to physical therapy were the recipients of scholarships from Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship fund, including the Memorial Hospital Scholarship; the Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program and the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award. The hospital’s scholarship awards are designed to support students in our community pursuing careers in health-related fields. The Memorial Hospital Foundation also offered a scholarship in honor of Miranda Leavitt for students with diabetes or who are studying health care, nutrition or exercise physiology.

The Scholarship program specifically seeks to assist those students within the hospital’s service area (towns served by SAU 9, SAU 13 and MSAD 72) who have already demonstrated the successful completion of part of a higher education degree. Adult learners returning to school, changing careers or seeking additional education are encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted into an accredited course of study in a health-related field on at least a half-time basis, and demonstrate successful completion of some earlier portion of their program of study. Each scholarship has its own criteria and interested students are encouraged to view the application online for specifics.

The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship is funded through the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund (MLDF), part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. In honor of the daughter of Brenda and Rich Leavitt after whom Memorial’s diabetes center is named, this scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The scholarships were presented to the students at a May 25 awards ceremony at the hospital. Scott McKinnon, President and CEO at Memorial, welcomed the students and their families and congratulated them on their achievements. The scholarships and recipients were as follows:

Memorial Hospital Scholarships – The criteria for the Memorial Hospital Scholarship is a high school senior going into a health related field or college student in a health related field.

Awarded to:
Catherine Graziano, Conway, NH
Natalie Harmon, Gorham, NH
Emma Jo Armington, Lovell, ME
Janelle Wiesemann, Fryeburg, ME

Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award – Must be currently enrolled in college studying nursing. Must reside in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine. Presented by the Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County.

Awarded to:
Kimberly Proulx, Conway, NH

Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program – Must be an employee or the relative of an employee of Memorial Hospital who is pursuing health related studies and attends college full time.

Awarded to:
Theresa Harrison, Silver Lake, NH
Desarae St. Jean, Hooksett, NH
Emily Cormier, Center Conway, NH
Natasha Jost, North Conway, NH
Carolyn Gray, Brownfield, ME
Shannon Nester, North Conway, NH

Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship - Awarded to a student residing in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine who either has type 1 or type 2 diabetes; or who is currently enrolled full time in college and is pursuing studies related to nutrition, exercise physiology or health education.

Awarded to:
Bridget Tweedie, Brownfield, ME

To learn more about the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit them online or call 603-356-5461 ext.2264.

To become a volunteer at Memorial Hospital, contact Peter Waugh, Volunteer Coordinator, at 603-356-5461.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a full service healthcare facility and not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women's health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.