By SHERRY DIGMON
News Staff Writer
The Atmore Community Hospital Auxiliary awarded two $1,000 scholarships Wednesday, July 25.
This year’s recipients were Kate Smith and Blake Presley.
Kate is in her fourth year at UAB. When you ask about her major, she says materials engineering, with a specialty in biomaterials (tissue) engineering. If you’re like most folks you have to wait for her to explain what that is. What she plans to do is create devices that can be implanted without being rejected. By the way she is minoring in chemistry.
Blake is an LPN and has two complete only two semesters to earn his RN degree. Blake’s story’s actually began at the hospital – he was working in the kitchen. His mom is a nurse and was encouraging him to go to nursing school, but he didn’t think he wanted to. But spending time in the hospital and with the people working there got him to thinking about a move. He went to EMT school. Then it was LPN school and soon he’ll have the initials RN after his name.
The scholarships were presented by ACH Auxiliary members Glenda Lowry and Sarah Hall who oversee the selection process.
Each year, the Auxiliary offers scholarships to individuals pursuing studies in a medical related field. Students must be currently enrolled in a healthcare program and must have completed at least one year at an accredited school. Graduate students will also be considered. Previous applicants may re-apply. Students must live in the Atmore geographic area.
News photos by Sherry Digmon