"We are very proud to have honored them," said Moore County Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Phyllis Palser. She and fellow volunteer Nedra Napp, both retired Dumas Independent School District teachers, had just awarded $500 scholarships to two Amarillo College (AC) students preparing for careers in health-related fields: Nubia Rivero and Janette Medrano. Rivero is studying radiography. Medrano is working to become a registered nurse. Both are graduates of Dumas High School (DHS). The scholarships came at an opportune time for the two women. "It will be very helpful," said Rivero.
Medrano, who is also raising two children, agreed and added, "We are extremely appreciative."
The women hope to work in Dumas upon completion of their studies at AC in May.
The Moore County Hospital Auxiliary volunteers award scholarships annually to qualifying DHS graduates in their second year of study in a health-related field. In addition to providing scholarships, the Auxiliary volunteers raise money to purchase needed equipment for the hospital, according to Kathie Fuston, executive director of the Moore County Health Foundation, which also awards scholarships to students studying to become registered nurses.
"They do a great job for the hospital. They volunteer their time and efforts here. The funds from the gift shop -- they have scrub sales, linen sales, a jewelry sale -- fund the scholarships and equipment they purchase for the hospital. Last year they purchased a blanket warmer for the emergency room and an inversion table for our therapy department," she said. "We appreciate the hospital volunteers. They purchase Christmas decorations, and they decorate the hospital every year for Christmas. We know they could be anywhere. They could use their time anywhere, but they choose to come and support the hospital, and we appreciate them so much."
Applications for scholarships are available in the gift shop at the hospital and at AC beginning in late fall.