Recently, Mackenzie B. Stalnaker, a BSN student at Marshall University School of Nursing was named the Vitus Hartley Jr. Scholarship winner along with nine other student scholars who were recently recognized at a reception in their honor. Stalnaker received a $4,000 check and a commemorative paperweight. In addition, her name will be added to the plaque that hangs in the Lobby just inside the main door of the Hospital.
The Pleasant Valley Hospital Health Foundation, a non-profit corporation, established the Scholars Endowment Fund in 1988. Today, the fund has grown in principal to more than $1.2 million. Interest from the fund goes toward financial assistance for students majoring in a healthcare related field at a West Virginia or Ohio institution of higher learning.
In presenting this year’s awards, George Miller, discussed the group’s early beginnings.
“Tonight the interest from the fund allows us to present a total of $31,750,” he said.
Miller, who is currently the Chairman of the PVH Health Foundation Board of Directors, further remarked on the scholarships.
“The winnings this year brings the total number of students assisted over the years to 175 young people from the tri-county area,” he said. “The objective of the PVH Health Foundation is to encourage students to return to the community and utilize their skills in the local area. The aim of this board is to make our communities a better place to live, work and raise a family by helping local students realize their dream of becoming healthcare providers.”
Tom Schauer, Chief Executive Officer of PVH, announced that the Hospital is proud of the tradition of honoring excellence among today’s students working toward a degree in the healthcare industry.
“We are very proud to continue to serve our community. The quality of our people make our employees the very best. Pleasant Valley Hospital continues our long tradition of service making a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors,” he said.
The 2011 scholars, in addition to Stalnaker, include: Andrea Adkison, Mason County (Marshall MOVC); Jordan Cullen, Mason County, Nursing (WVU); Jolisha Cundiff, Mason County, Speech Pathology (WVU); Brittany Hively, Gallia County, Nursing (Marshall MOVC); Jessica Ryan, Gallia County, Nursing (URG); Desireé A. Sines, Mason County, Nursing (Marshall MOVC); Melissa Stump, Gallia County, Nursing (Marshall MOVC); and two returning Medical Students. Both future physicians are Mason County residents. They are Charlotte Bibbee at West Virginia University and Jessica Wilson, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Applications are accepted annually in the early spring for the PVH Health Foundation programs. For information contact Georgianna Tillis, Federal & State Programs, Pleasant Valley Hospital, 304-675-2040 or write: Pleasant Valley Hospital Health Foundation, Attn: Georgianna Tillis, 2520 Valley Drive, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.