June 1, 2011
Seven graduating high school seniors in Craven and Pamlico County have been selected to receive merit-based scholarships and grants given annually by the CarolinaEast Health System (CHS) Auxiliary. The Scholarship Program began in 1984 with a $4,000 sponsorship for one student. Over the years the program has grown to include multiple gifts, ranging from $1,000 - $10,000, given to deserving local students interested in pursuing careers in health care.
“These scholarships are funded by proceeds from various projects which take place year round, “ explained Steve Peterik, Auxiliary President. “While the Auxiliary lends financial support to many programs related directly to patient care at CarolinaEast, the opportunity to provide these scholarships is one of our most rewarding endeavors and is very special to our membership and to the recipients.” This year’s $10,000 scholarship winners are Katherine Barlow and Simeon Downing, both June 2011 graduates of New Bern High School. The scholarships will be paid out over the course of their respective four-year undergraduate programs. Katherine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Barlow, is active in her church, serves as a camp counselor and has been a CHS Volunteen. She plans to study Nursing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Simeon plays football and lacrosse at New Bern High School and is an active member of his church youth group. He will study biological sciences at Virginia Tech beginning in the fall and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon. He is the son of Theresa Grice and Simeon Downing IV.
A second group of students have each been awarded $2,000 grants payable over two semesters.
Phu Jay Diep, of Havelock is the captain of the tennis team and president of the National Honor Society at Havelock High School. Jay will graduate in June and attend UCLA in the fall, where he hopes to major in human biology/physiology and Asian Studies. His goal is to be a trauma surgeon. He is the son of Ha and Thuy Vo Diep.
Katelyn Jarman will graduate from New Bern High School in June. She plays lacrosse and loves to dance. She instructs and takes dance lessons as well as volunteering her time during the summer at CarolinaEast Health System. Katelyn will begin her studies at Barton College in the fall as a part of the school’s nursing program. She is the daughter of Douglas and Kathy Jarman.
Abigail Taylor, a Havelock High School student graduating in June, is a member of the Winter Guard and is active in the HHS Interact Club and National Honor Society. Abigail will be attending North Carolina State University and plans to major in Human Biology and Health. She is the daughter of Erik and Arminda Taylor.
Amanda Wind will also graduate from New Bern High School in June. She is on the varsity volleyball team, an active volunteer and is also a state champion and instructor in taekwondo. Amanda will be traveling abroad this summer with the NBHS Interact club on a trip sponsored by local Rotary clubs. She will attend Campbell University in the fall and major in Pharmacy. She is the daughter of Franz and Donna Wind IV.
Kaitlyn Roberts, from Grantsboro, has been selected to receive a $1,000 grant to use towards her first semester of college. She will graduate from Pamlico County High School in June where she has been an active member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She will attend Pitt Community College and plans to transfer to East Carolina University to continue her studies in Physical Therapy. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Zeffie and Robin Roberts III.
CarolinaEast Health System Auxiliary members and the entire CarolinaEast team would like to extend their heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to each of these students as they begin to build their careers in health care. We look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on their future patients and their communities.For more information about the CarolinaEast Health System Auxiliary, contact CarolinaEast Volunteer Services at (252) 633-8127.