Auxiliary Presents $50,000 To Greater Brandon Area Students
By Tamas Mondovics
“To become a registered nurse is a dream for me,” said nursing student Taiwo Emiola, prior to receiving a scholarship presented to her by the Brandon Regional Hospital Auxiliary (BRHA).Emiola was one of 44 college-bound, greater Brandon area residents who received a scholarship earlier this month during a monthly auxiliary meeting and luncheon ceremony held at the Oakfield Medical Plaza in Brandon.“The scholarship applications are available to anyone pursuing an education within the medical field and who meet the qualification requirements,” said Ken Tucker, chairman of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee. Tucker explained that potential recipients must meet at least one of a number of requirements. “The student must be either a resident of the greater Brandon area; have graduated from a Brandon area high school; be a family member of an auxiliary member; or be an employee of Brandon Regional Hospital,” Tucker said. While all the requirements are important, Tucker emphasized that each recipient is selected based on character, scholastic achievements, community service and monetary need. “We make every effort to accommodate all qualified applicants,” he said. Since its inception in 1977 by the Brandon Women’s Service League, which currently boasts of more than 200 members, BRHA has awarded more than $850,000 dollars in scholarships. While the prime source of the scholarship fund is auxiliary gift shop sales, additional sources of scholarship funds are raised through many auxiliary efforts that take place throughout the year. “We are grateful that many of our fundraising efforts are able to benefit the future scholars of our community,” said current auxiliary President, Lee Novak. “It is a wonderful feeling to witness the gratitude felt by the future college students who receive scholarships.” Showing her gratitude, Emiola could not agree more when she said, “I am so appreciative and thankful for the Brandon Hospital Auxiliary for helping me to achieve my goal and fulfill my dream.”For more information, please visit www.brandonhospital.com/about/volunteers.dot or www.brandonhospital.com.