The Auxiliary of Mercy Health - West Hospital Awards $15,500 in College Scholarships to Eight Outstanding Local Students

(CINCINNATI; May 27, 2016) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the West Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $15,500 college scholarships to eight local students, two more scholarships than it awarded last year.

Each year, the Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee solicits applications from 26 schools in West Hospital’s service area for the following scholarships:
• Employee dependent
• Volunteer
• Community

This year, the Scholarship Committee received 35 applications from 12 different schools.

“The caliber of this year’s applicants was so high that the Auxiliary agreed to offer extra scholarships to recognize more top students,” said Shirley Frey, who chairs the Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee.

The students received their scholarships at a special meeting of the West Hospital Auxiliary held on May 17.

Details on the winners and their future plans follow below:
• Jacob Barnes, St. Xavier High School, won a $2,500 Employee Dependent Scholarship. He will attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he will study neurology. 
• Laura Jennrich, Oak Hills High School, won a $2,500 Employee Dependent Scholarship and will attend the University of Cincinnati where she intends to study dietetics.
• Madeline Peters, McAuley High School, won the $2,500 Volunteer Scholarship and will attend Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she will join the physician’s assistant program.
• Jacob Perrmann, Elder High School, won a $2,500 Community Scholarship and will attend the BS/MD dual admission program at University of Cincinnati. He intends to become a trauma surgeon.
• Margo Waters, Mother of Mercy High School, won a $2,500 Community Scholarship and will attend the Notre Dame University in Indiana. She intends to become a physician.
• Rebecca Dorsh, William Henry Harrison High School, won a $1,000 Community Scholarship and will study physical therapy at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
• Ethan Murray, Taylor High School, won a $1,000 Community Scholarship and will attend the University of Cincinnati’s honors program, where he intends to study nursing
• Ellen Garbsch, Mother of Mercy High School, won a $1,000 Community Scholarship and will attend Ohio State University’s physician’s assistant program.

The Auxiliary of Mercy Health – West Hospital raises funds for charitable care and capital purchases that help the hospital provide top quality care to the patients it serves. The Auxiliary also awards annual scholarships to talented area students embarking on healthcare careers.