Mount Si High School graduate Jonna Massengill received the 2012 Careers in Healthcare scholarship award from the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation.
This fall, she began her pre-nursing curriculum at Washington State University, with a goal of becoming a physicians assistant specializing in surgery. This marks the seventh year the foundation has awarded scholarships.
“It also nicely dovetails with the Hospital District’s ongoing outreach to local schools, both high school and college,” says Foundation President Jim Schaffer.
The Hospital Foundation has donated $13,500 in scholarship funds since 2006.
According to the Health Work Force Institute, Washington State is facing a growing public health crisis because of a shortage of health care workers. As many health care workers approach retirement, an aging population is creating more demand for services while fewer people are choosing to enter the field.
In addition to awarding youth scholarships, the Foundation sponsors community forums such as Lunch and Learns, fundraises for Affordable Access vouchers and supports Hospital District staff and patients. To learn more about the foundation, contact Kim Arellano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-888-9790.