Griffith scholarships awarded

SCHOLARS — Rome Memorial Hospital has awarded Blanche and Fred Griffith Scholarships to three Rome Free Academy graduates. From left, Assistant Vice President of Nursing Teresa Bell, M.S., R.N., joins scholarship winners Megan Maracchion, Melissa Kobito and Deanna Lewis, along with Lynn Reese, R.N., M.S. COHN-S/CM, secretary of Rome Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees. (Photo submitted)

The winners of the Blanche and Fred Griffith Scholarship were announced by the Rome Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, which administers the fund set up to provide financial assistance to students pursuing nursing degrees.

Applicants must be residents of Rome and accepted or eligible for acceptance in an approved school of nursing.

The winners are:

¿ Megan Maracchion, daughter of Dana Maracchion and Jill Evans, 729 Cherry St., $300. A 2009 graduate of Rome Free Academy, she is attending Mohawk Valley Community College.

¿ Melissa Kobito, daughter of Bruce and Karen Kobito, 1917 N. Madison St., $300. A 2012 graduate of Rome Free Academy, she will be attending Utica College.

¿ Deanna Lewis, daughter of Mary Tracy, 200 Lori Lane, Apt. 11, $300. A senior at Rome Free Academy, she will be attending SUNY Canton.

"We’re pleased to provide this financial support to help these future nurses get started on their career paths," said Assistant Vice President of Nursing, Teresa Bell. "The field of nursing provides wonderful opportunities for people who want an exciting career which also makes a difference in people’s lives."

"With an aging population, including our current workforce, there is a growing demand for healthcare professionals, especially registered nurses, radiologic technologists, and respiratory therapists," she said. "People who choose healthcare for a career will continue to find well-paying jobs in a field that is both challenging and rewarding."