The time for going back to school can be an exciting one especially for freshman approaching high school or college. During the hustle and bustle of back to school season, two people in particular are starting new ventures with the support of the Volunteer Department at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, a member of Covenant Health. These college freshman are Dawson Walker and Molly Gordon, recent recipients of the MHHS Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarships. Walker, graduate of Cherokee High School, is attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga intending on majoring in pre-med. Gordon, graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West, is attending Tennessee Tech University intending on majoring in nursing.
The MHHS Volunteer Department offers two scholarships called the Mary Bell scholarship and the Estelle G. Williams scholarship. Each have a value of $750 and are offered in the spring to local high school seniors intending on entering a healthcare-related field. Interested candidates submit their applications to the MHHS Volunteer Department and two recipients are chosen by the MHHS Volunteer Auxiliary Board. The scholarships help not only with tuition but additional things such as books and materials. The recipients are chosen based on their submitted essays explaining interest in entering a healthcare profession, academic transcript, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. Sharon Hayes, volunteer coordinator at MHHS, said “Awarding the scholarships to two deserving students is one of the highlights of our year in the volunteer department. It is very rewarding to be part of the amazing future of at least two young people.”
The volunteer program at MHHS started in 1956 and has been growing ever since with more than 400,000 hours given by the generous volunteers. The MHHS volunteers enhance the work of the staff in order to make a patient’s hospital visit or stay more comfortable and convenient. Currently, there are over 50 active volunteers who help throughout the hospital. “I am very proud of our volunteers and how they support our hospital and community. They are such a blessing and asset to us,” said Gordon Lintz, President and CAO of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.
If you are a high school senior intending on entering a healthcare-related field, consider applying for the MHHS Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarships. The time for submissions is February 1 – April 1, 2020. For more information on the volunteer program or scholarships at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System, please visit www.morristownhamblen.com/volunteers or call (423) 492-5952.