Each year it is an honor for North Country Hospital's scholarship committee to review the applicants and make selections based on each student's essays, transcripts, extra-curricular activities, as well as need. Applicants must live in the hospital's service area in order to initially apply. This year, similar to in the past, North Country Hospital awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to deserving students pursuing a career in healthcare. Courses of study include pre-med, neuroscience, physical therapy, radiology, nursing, psychiatry and dental hygiene, to name a few.

Recipients of the Caryl B. Custer Scholarship for Nursing Students Award were Sara Ferorelli, Lindsey Gaboriault, Morgan Miller (all North Country Union High School graduates); and Alyssa Royer, a Lake Region Union High School graduate. This fund was created by summer resident Dr. Keith Custer in memory of and on behalf of his wife Caryl, who was a nurse manager in Florida for many years. She individually supported many nursing students with scholarship monies in the past. With this fund, $1,000 is awarded annually to each student for the duration of their program.

Created in 2010 to honor Cecile Gelineau, RN, an exceptional and legendary healthcare professional, the Legends Scholarship Fund is dedicated to serving the needs of the community and of local students pursuing a healthcare career. Dr. David Alsobrook and Dr. Thomas A.E. Moseley have also received the honor. This year's recipients of the $500 award went to Paige Leonard, graduating from NCUHS, and to adult student Cindy Besaw, who is pursuing a nursing degree at Community College of Vermont.

LRUHS graduates Cody Dolloff and Shannon Eubanks were awarded the hospital's Healthcare Career Scholarship, along with NCUHS seniors Katelyn Bowen, Jade Dandurand, Myra Degre, Stephanie Ducharme, Myrriah Gonyaw, Makayla Limlaw and Hollie Smith. This scholarship is made possible by the annual North Country Hospital Scholarship Golf Tournament, with proceeds each year going directly to awardees. The 26th annual scramble is set for Aug. 8, registration 12 noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Orleans Country Club.

Contributions to North Country Hospital for any of the scholarship funds help sustain these awards for years to come. Students receive awards for 2-year, 4-year as well as graduate programs. Call the Development/Community Relations office, (802) 334-4186, for more information.

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