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Hudson Valley Hospital Center Auxiliary Awards $1,000 College Scholarships to Local Students



Emily Vesce Junior Volunteer Priscilla Ayora, HVHC Director of Volunteer Services Tonja Inlaw
and Emily Vesce Junior Volunteer Maia Silber.

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 12, 2012) – Following a 46-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 and John F. Kennedy High Schools each received $1,000 college scholarships from the auxiliary at its Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 11 at Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant.

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

“Hudson Valley Hospital Center wishes you the best of luck in your future careers,’’ he said. “We thank the Auxiliary for their efforts in presenting these awards to deserving students.’’

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: Mackenzie Feehan of John F. Kennedy High School in Somers; Jacqueline Ferguson of Haldane High School in Cold Spring and Cassandra Rogers and Nada Rizk of Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose.  

-  Mackenzie Feehan, of JFK High School, plans on going to Boston College to become a nurse practitioner. Feehan, who has a 97.4 average, decided to pursue a nursing career after hearing about Nurse Without Borders, and plans to travel the world helping people.

-  Jacqueline Ferguson, of Haldane High School and a finalist in NYS Cross Country competition, plans to be a physician and practice family medicine. Ferguson, who is a member of the Leos and is first clarinet in the high school’s band, said she decided to become a doctor after her mother was badly injured in a car accident.

Nada Rizk of Hendrick Hudson High School, also wants to become a physician. She has a 98.24 average and is on the debate team and is senior class vice president. Nada tutors students in Spanish and received a 100 on the English Regents, the highest grade in her class.

- Cassandra Rogers, a senior at Hendrick Hudson High School, also wants to be a physician. She has 98 average and has taken advanced courses in calculus, English, and French.  She is a violinist in the orchestra is on the varsity swim team.  Cassandra was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.. She was unable to attend the awards ceremony.

Two students – Priscilla Ayora and Maia Silber - also received $300 as part of the Emily Vesce Junior Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteerism. Priscillia, a Peekskill High School Student, volunteered for 138 hours and wants to be a nurse. Maia, a Hendrick Hudson High School student, volunteered for 114 hours.

The Hospital Auxiliary scholarship program has awarded 185 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.