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2014 Oaklawn Hospital Auxiliary scholarship awards announced

MARSHALL – The Oaklawn Hospital Auxiliary has selected six area residents to receive $750 scholarships to apply to their educational advancement.

The recipients are:

— Tyler Andrews of Charlotte, a graduate of Olivet High School and the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center. He plans to attend Michigan State University to study a pre-medical curriculum in chemistry or biomedical laboratory.

— Jessica Bush of Marshall, a graduate of Marshall High School. She plans to attend a Michigan college to focus on a career in biomedical science.

— Karin M. DeGraw of Marshall, office manager for Oaklawn Hospital’s Home Care Department. She is attending Robert B. Miller College in Battle Creek, focusing on business administration.

— Meredith Carrel of Marshall, a graduate of the University of Michigan who plans to attend Oakland University of Medicine or Wake Forest University School of Medicine to pursue a medical degree.

— Jaylynne McComb of Jackson, an Oaklawn staff nurse who received her bachelor of science degree in nursing in early 2013. She plans to obtain a master’s degree in nursing, with a specialization in education, through a program at the University of Phoenix.

— Logan Otis of Burlington, a graduate of Harper Creek High School and a member of Oaklawn’s food service staff. She plans to study pre-med/biomedical science at Michigan State University.

The recipients were chosen from a field of 11 applicants, and were selected primarily on the criteria of motivation, desire to pursue a degree in a health-care field and evidence of good citizenship and writing skills. Financial need was not a consideration.

Last year’s recipients were Bradley Breslin of Stockbridge, Heather Conklin of Battle Creek, Austin Herman of Union City, Casey Mell of Battle Creek, Katie Myers of Marshall and Meredith Rose of Marshall.

The auxiliary welcomes use of the scholarship funds at any educational institution. This is the fourth year that the scholarship program has been offered.

The auxiliary raises the scholarship funds throughout the year through sales at the hospital gift shop, and fundraising events such as popcorn sales, annual Bunco and “purse Bingo” parties and a holiday bazaar in November.