Canton, Ohio: Three 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 Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon and Annual Meeting held on May 24th at the Southeast Community Center. Lorraine Washington, Vice President of Human Resources at Mercy Medical Center, stated that the 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:
BreJanee Ball – A senior at Timken High School, BreJanee will be receiving both her high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree from Stark State College as a result of the Early college program. She skillfully balances challenging academics including the Upward Bound and Canton Scholars programs, extracurricular activities such as cheerleading, gymnastics, band and student union, working part-time and volunteering. BreJanee has been accepted to Ohio University where she will begin her path to become an Anesthesiologist. BreJanee is the recipient of a $3,500 Mercy Scholarship.
Briana Williams – The recipient of a $1,500 scholarship, Briana not only excels academically, but is a leader among her peers at McKinley High School. When Briana is not involved in athletics and music, Briana can be found participating in the Upward Bound and Project Lead America programs. In her “spare” time, Briana tutors students at the Southeast Community Center. Inspired by her aunt and uncle, Briana plans to be a pharmacist and will begin her studies in Pharmacy at Ashland University this fall.
ShaRayna Oree – A senior at McKinley High School, ShaRayna works hard to balance her studies, volunteer initiatives and track activities. She has found strength in her faith and enjoys being a part of the STEPP and Mime team at her church. ShaRayna is a member of the National Honor Society and has been accepted to The Ohio State University. Inspired by her mother, who is a nurse, ShaRayna plans to major in Premed. She is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.
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 cantonmercy.org.
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