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.
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 attend Utica College.
¿ Deanna Lewis, daughter of Mary Tracy, 200 Lori Lane, Apt. 11, $300. A 2012 graduate of Rome Free Academy, she will attend 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 health care professionals, especially registered nurses, radiologic technologists and respiratory therapists. People who choose health care for a career will continue to find well-paying jobs in a field that is both challenging and rewarding."
Selection is based upon scholastic achievement, financial need, personal qualifications and professional promise. Applicants must be residents of Rome and a high school graduate or senior who is expecting to graduate in the current year. Candidates must also be accepted or eligible for acceptance in an approved school of nursing.