In an ongoing effort to promote careers in health care, the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation has awarded $12,000 in scholarships.

Recipients for 2009 include Hermiston High School senior Kortney Sweek, who will seek a nursing degree, Linn Benton Community College radiology student Melissa Clark, and Tyler Bendixsen, a dental student at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Also receiving scholarships are Richard Wick, in his second year of medical school at Creighton University, and Amanda Carper, who plans to attend the University of Montana to complete a doctorate in physical therapy.

Blue Mountain Community College nursing students receiving scholarships this year are Ashley Kelly, Davona Wong, Kerri Potts, Nikkie Griffin and Julie Gordanier. Current registered nurses Vicki Kent and Laura Young received scholarships to continue work toward advanced degrees.

"It's exciting to see the interest of local residents in health care occupations, given the current shortage of qualified workers locally and nationwide." said Liz Marvin, foundation awards committee chair.

The Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation provides scholarships to worthy recipients seeking careers in health care as part of the foundation's mission to enhance the quality of life and general health of residents living in West Umatilla and Morrow County communities. Scholarship applications are accepted from local residents and reviewed each spring and awarded for the next school year.

The foundation will host the annual "Scramble for Scholarships" golf tournament on June 12 at the Big River golf course in Umatilla to raise scholarship funds.

For more information regarding health care scholarships or to participate in the golf tournament, call the foundation office at 541-667-3405. Tournament entry forms can be picked up in the foundation office at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

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