Community Service Plan

Hudson Valley Hospital Center Auxiliary Awards College Scholarships to local students




Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 25, 2013) – Following a 47-year tradition, Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Auxiliary has awarded college scholarships to local high school students pursuing careers in healthcare.

Four students from Hendrick Hudson, Haldane, Lakeland and Croton-on-Hudson High School each received $1,000 college scholarships from the auxiliary at its Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 25 at The Harbor at Charles Point.

John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, thanked the volunteers for their service and congratulated the students on their scholarships.

Donna Edwards, chairperson of the Auxiliary’s Scholarship Committee, said that the selection process was very difficult because so many outstanding students had applied.

This year’s scholarship winners were:

  • Diana Martinez of Haldane High School. Diana, a senior from Garrison, is planning on attending Mount Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh to study nursing. She would eventually like to serve as a nurse in the military.
  • Margaret Livingston of Croton Harmon High School.Margaret, a senior from Croton, will enter pre-med in the fall at Stony Brook University. She is the captain of the varsity field hockey team and received the “21st Century Leadership Award” from Wells College.
  • Mary Adeyeye of Lakeland High School. Mary, a senior from Mohegan Lake, plans to study physics and chemistry at SUNY Albany in the fall in preparation for a career as an orthopedic surgeon. She has interned with a research scientist at Montefiore Medical Center and is working on research into Hepatitis C.
  • Laura Kerns of Haldane High School. Laura, a senior from Cold Spring, plans on attending nursing school in the fall. She is class vice president and captain of the varsity soccer team.


Two students – Conner Fleurat and Jamie Spock - also received $300 as part of the Emily Vesce Junior Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteerism. Conner, a Yorktown High School Senior, is a competitive gymnast and will enter pre-med studies at Temple University in the fall.  Jamie, a senior at Hendrick Hudson High School plans to major in psychology at either the University of Rochester or SUNY Albany in the fall and ultimately go to medical school.

The Hospital Auxiliary scholarship program has awarded 189 scholarships since it began in 1966. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors in the local area and be interested in a healthcare career. Academic achievement and financial need are also considered in the selection process.

Serving on this year’s scholarship committee were Donna Edwards, Vivien Miller, Dr. Virginia Rederer, Marie C. Turner.


Photo 1 (from left to right): Laura Kearns, Haldane High School; Marie Turner, scholarship committee member, Diana Martinez, Haldane High School; Donna Edwards, scholarship committee member; Dr. Virgina Rederer, scholarship committee member, and Margaret Livingston, Croton Harmon High School.

Photo 2:  Mary Adeyeye, Lakeland High School, with Donna Edwards, scholarship committee.

Photo 3: Yorktown High School Senior Conner Fleurat with Tonja Inlaw, Director of Volunteer Services.

Photo 4: Hendrick Hudson High School Senior Jamie Spock with Tonja Inlaw, Director of Volunteer Services.