Nicholas B. Stalnaker, a bachelor’s degree 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 will have his name added on the plaque that hangs in the lobby 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 $1,000,000. 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, which totaled $28,000, George Miller, vice-chairman of the PVH Health Foundation Board of Directors, said that this year’s awards brought the total amount presented since 1989 to more than $600,000, and that 167 different students in the tri-county area have benefited.
“The objective of the PVH Health Foundation is to encourage students to return to the community and utilize their skills at Pleasant Valley Hospital. 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 being healthcare provides,” Miller said.
Al Lawson, JD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pleasant Valley Hospital said 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 proud of our 778 employees and encourage you to join our team in providing high quality care to the citizens of the tri-county area. We are most proud of those who have returned to practice at PVH and continue to serve our community,” Lawson said.
The 2009 scholars in addition to Stalnaker are Jay Arrington, Mason County, Nursing (West Virginia State University); Tamara Clagg, Gallia County, BA (Marshall University); Erin Gardner, Mason County, Radiology (University of Rio Grande); Kelsey Gray, Gallia County, Nursing (University of Rio Grande); Hillary Reigel, Mason County, Nursing (Marshall University); Clayton Roush, Mason County, Nursing (Marshall University); Desiree Sines, Mason County, Nursing (Marshall University); MacKenzie B. Stalnaker, Mason County, Nursing (Marshall University); and Jessica Wilson, Mason County, Medicine (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine).
Applications are accepted annually in the early spring for the PVH Health Foundation programs.
For more information, contact Georginanna Tillis, Federal and State Programs, Pleasant Valley Hospital, 304-674-7233 or write: Pleasant Valley Hospital Health Foundation, One John Marshall Way, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.