2017 Ashe Scholarship Recipients Announced

February 9, 2017

Woodruff, Wis. – The Auxiliary of Howard Young Medical Center, part of Ascension awarded Dr. Henry Ashe Continuing Education Scholarships to eight students who are pursuing a career in a healthcare field at the undergraduate level.

Each college student was awarded $2,000 while two $1,000 scholarships were presented to graduating seniors from Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) and one $500 non-traditional scholarship to Nicolet College. All are planning to pursue a healthcare major. College recipients include: Katelyn Dallmann, UW-Milwaukee, Biochemistry-Pediatric Surgery; Marjorie Weitz, Edgewood College, Nursing; Julia Kelk, UW-Whitewater, Communications-Speech Pathology; John Aguirre, Northland College, Chemistry-Pediatrics; Michael Laurence, Notre Dame, Science Business-Hospital Administration; Rebecca Butkus, UW-Madison, Kinesiology-Pre Med; Benjamin Durette, Marquette, Biomedical Engineering; Austin Oungst, UW-Eau Claire, Health Care Administration.

“As we did last year, eight scholarships were awarded due to the impressive applicants we continue to receive,” said Kathy Viergutz, HYHC Community Service Coordinator. “The auxiliary feels blessed to be able to assist these bright young people from our community who are entering healthcare.”

Scholarships are awarded based on the number of qualified applications selected and funds available for the program. Funds are generated by Auxiliary fundraisers, including the Harvest of Holidays, LifeDirect home alert program and sales from the Auxiliary Gift Shop located inside Howard Young Medical Center.

The Auxiliary has provided $77,000 over the last five years to college students, LUHS students and this year the addition of the non-traditional scholarship to Nicolet College. Past scholarship applicants were required to be graduates of Lakeland Union High School however this year the program was expanded to include a home schooled student. Eligibility requires that students currently be enrolled in programs leading to an associate or bachelor’s degree in healthcare-related majors. Students must have completed one semester of college.

Dr. Henry Ashe was instrumental in establishing the area’s first medical clinic. His passion for healthcare helped secure medical services for the area. A framed portrait of Dr. Ashe is proudly displayed in the Monticello entrance of Howard Young Medical Center.

Howard Young Medical Center is blessed with the support for more than 200 volunteers who annually provide more than 20-thousand hours of service.

For more information about the Auxiliary of Howard Young Medical Center, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Kathy Viergutz at 715.356.8677 or Kathy.Viergutz@ascension.org.

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