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Samaritan Auxiliary Awards Pair of Health Career Scholarships

Published on: September 25, 2020

Watertown, NY – The Samaritan Auxiliary has awarded two $1,500 scholarships to Samaritan employees who are advancing their education.

The first was awarded to Jessica Helm, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Scrub Tech in Samaritan’s Car-Freshner Center for Women and Children. Ms. Helm has worked for Samaritan Medical Center for 16 years and is currently attending Excelsior College to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The second recipient is Ashlie Hall, an LPN at Samaritan Summit Village. Ms. Hall has been an LPN for 11 years, and has been employed by Samaritan for 6 years. She is attending St. Joseph’s College of Nursing to become an RN and expects to graduate this December.

“Today, more than ever before, education plays a vital role in career advancement, especially in the field of healthcare,” says Berline Dodard, Samaritan Auxiliary Board President. “Working and going to school at the same time is never easy, and these scholarships are one way we can support Samaritan employees who are pursuing a degree to advance within their current field or to enter a new healthcare field.”

Each year, the Auxiliary proudly awards scholarships to two Samaritan employees wishing to further his or her education in the healthcare field. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the Auxiliary’s Starbucks; gift shops at Samaritan Medical Center, Samaritan Keep Home and Samaritan Summit Village; and through other fundraising activities.

From left: Melissa Schmitt, Assistant Treasurer of the Samaritan Auxiliary, presents scholarship checks to Jessica Helms and Ashlie Hall, both Samaritan LPNs studying to becoming RNs.