May 20, 2013 – Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteer organization awarded college scholarships to four outstanding high school students who plan to pursue careers in health care. Each student will receive $10,000 over four years. The auxiliary has funded the scholarship annually for more than two decades to aid students who plan to seek degrees in health care-related fields.
The scholarship recipients are:
• Pine View High School senior Bradley Arnold – Bradley plans to go to the University of Florida in Gainesville and pursue medicine as his career. Several of his family members have dealt with cancer and he found the doctors to be his inspiration. His ultimate goal is to become a diagnostic radiologist. Bradley is also a very talented singer and music has been a focus for him during high school.
• Venice High School senior Francis Holcomb – Francis plans to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. His dream is to become an orthopedic surgeon…he says he would like to be able to alleviate another person’s suffering and lack of mobility. Francis has volunteered over 450 hours as a program assistant at In-Stride, which is an equine assisted therapy program.
• Booker High School senior Mekala Jones – Mekala plans to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her passion is to become a pediatric registered nurse as she discovered great joy while working with children. Mekala’s mother and grandmother are in the health field so she has seen the benefits of her career choice. Mekala has been quite involved in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and through that program has volunteered for such projects as “Feeding the Hungry” and the Salvation Army.
• Sarasota High School senior Ariel Probus – Ariel has been accepted to Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. For years, her goal was to become either an occupational or speech therapist as she really wants to help people. Ariel’s aunt is a physical therapist and she made a big impression on Ariel’s desire to be a medical professional. Ariel is very involved in the Lady Sailors Service Club, participating in such programs as Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life. She also writes for the school newspaper.