Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Seven local students have been awarded $1000 scholarships from the Volunteer Services Organization (VSO), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization at East Cooper Medical Center. This year the VSO awarded $1000 scholarships to: Stephen Carek, Brooke Lupton, Katherine Nickels, Ashley Prentice, Bradley St. John, Ashton Williams and Jackson Wood. The students will be attending South Carolina universities including the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.
The Wishing Well Gift Shop at East Cooper Medical Center is managed by volunteers and each year sales from the gift shop go to local charities, medicines for patients in need and to fund scholarships for area students. To apply for the scholarship, students must complete an application form, provide letters of recommendation and have a cumulative grade point average of B and above. A scholarship committee reviews the applications and chooses the recipients.
The scholarships were given at East Cooper Medical Center during an intimate gathering and celebration to honor the chosen recipients. CEO, Jason Alexander, and Gail Low, president of the VSO, congratulated each student on their hard work and wished them continued success in their college career. The Volunteer Services Organization at East Cooper has awarded scholarships since 1986, the same year the hospital opened in Mount Pleasant.
“We want to congratulate those students for a job well done; they are the future of our community. Our volunteers work hard all year long to raise the money to fund these scholarships and it’s heartwarming for them to know that their hard work is helping someone afford college,” said Gail Low, president of the VSO.
“We see these scholarships as an investment in the future,” said Jason Alexander, CEO of East Cooper Medical Center. “Congratulations to both the recipients and their parents for this exceptional achievement.”