Mercy Awards Minority Scholarships for 2011

Mercy Awards Minority Scholarships for 2011

Posted on: May 16, 2011

Canton, Ohio: Four Canton City School students moved one step closer to making their educational endeavors a reality thanks to Mercy Medical Center’s Minority Scholarship Fund. These deserving students were recognized at the Greater Stark County Urban League Luncheon held on May 11th at the Southeast Community Center. This scholarship fund provides financial support to minority students who may need additional resources to attend college or begin a career path. Mercy is proud to be able to provide scholarship assistance to the following deserving Canton City School students:

Michael Arnold – A senior at McKinley High School, Michael will graduate this year as Salutatorian. When he is not involved as the Vice President of the National Honor Society, Michael is busy with the Upward Bound program, tutoring and participating in the Canton Scholars. Having a family member with a chronic condition inspired Michael to study medicine where he can help others. He will begin his pre-medicine studies at Brown University. Michael is the recipient of a $3,000 Mercy Scholarship.

Shanice Robinson – The recipient of a $1,000 scholarship, Shanice graduates from McKinley High School this year. She has earned a lengthy list of honors, which include President of the National Honor Society and Scholar Athlete. Shanice is involved in the Mock Trial team, Varsity Cheerleading and Student Council. Driven by her fascination with the human body, she plans to become an OB/GYN and practice with the Doctors Without Borders organization in Africa. Shanice will begin her studies at Spelman College in the fall.

Briana Williams – Briana has finished her first year at Ashland University and is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Briana is a natural leader who balances her academics with her community involvement, which includes Habitat for Humanity. She spent her spring break this year building houses for families through the Habitat for Humanity organization. When she is not studying, Briana is involved on campus with the Black Student Union and Women of Excellence programs. As a pre-Pharmacy/Biology major, Briana is the first in her family to attend college.

Shanice Cleveland – Shanice is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship and graduates from Timken High School this year. She is a very goal-oriented and driven student who relies on her faith and beliefs to see her through her successes. The recipient of the Judge Ira Turpin Award, Shanice plans to obtain her medical degree and enlist in the United States Navy to practice as an OB/GYN before returning to the Canton area to serve the local community. Shanice has selected Muskingum University as her college to begin her career path.

The Mercy Minority Scholarships are competitive and consideration is given to students who demonstrate success in the face of adversity (such as overcoming financial, racial, ethnic or other obstacles), have a financial need and maintain a 2.5 grade point average. These awards are renewable annually up to four years providing the students maintain a 2.5 grade point average and make normal progress toward completion of the program or degree. While the scholarship may be awarded to students wishing to obtain a degree, they are also available for those wishing to enter a certificate or diploma program, as long as their education choice could lead to employment at Mercy. The hospital will also have first consideration for employment upon the scholarship recipient’s graduation. If you are interested in supporting the scholarship fund, make checks payable to Mercy Medical Center – Scholarship Fund and mail to Mercy Medical Center, Fund Development, 1320 Mercy Drive, NW, Canton, Oh 44708

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see

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