Mercy Volunteer Scholarship Winners

Mercy Medical Center Volunteer Scholarship Awarded to Austin Yakes

By Mai Xiong, Field Placement Student, Volunteer Services

This year's Mercy Medical Center Volunteers (MMCV) Scholarship Award of $500 will be presented to Oshkosh West High School senior, Austin Yakes. The scholarship is funded through a Mercy Medical Foundation endowment established by the Mercy Medical Center Volunteers. Criteria for this scholarship are that the awardee is to be a High School graduating senior and a Mercy Medical Center Volunteer, in good standing, with a high amount of volunteer hours. The student must also be planning to attend a technical school or university.

Austin has been volunteering with Mercy Medical Center since July of 2013 and has accumulated over 230 hours of service. He began volunteering in transport then transitioned to the errands assignment which worked better with his school and work schedule. Austin found out about volunteering through his mother's friend. When asked what motivates him to volunteer, Austin said "the community gives me so much; I needed to give back to the community as well." The biggest lesson he has learned from volunteering is to be open, be kind and to listen. He enjoys meeting new people and learning their stories. Although he may not remember each person's name, their stories stay with him.

Throughout Austin's high school career he has participated in football, basketball, cross country, trapshooting, the O'Neil National Honor Society, and Wave Robotics. After graduation, he plans on attending Michigan Technological University to study Biomedical Engineering and hopes to land a place in their medical program. Austin stated that the three things that keep him going are his faith, his family (especially his parents), and having an open mind. He encourages everyone to think about all of the great people in their life and try to become like those great people. Volunteering is a perfect place to start.

 

Tanner Calo – Natalie Kate Bolin Scholarship Recipient  

By Mai Xiong, Field Placement Student, Volunteer Services

The Natalie Kate Bolin Mercy Student Volunteer Scholarship Award was created by the family of Natalie Kate Bolin, a former Mercy student volunteer, in memory of her beautiful spirit and life. The Scholarship is administered by the Mercy Health Foundation. Criteria for this scholarship are the awardee is to be an Oshkosh West High School graduating senior and a Mercy Medical Center Volunteer, in good standing, with the highest amount of volunteer hours. The student must also be planning to attend a technical school or university. This year's $1000 scholarship will be presented to Tanner Calo. 

Tanner began volunteering at the age of 14 and has accumulated over 300 volunteer hours in both transport and errands. Tanner is currently a senior at Oshkosh West High School who is active in the National Honor Society and in sports (basketball, baseball, and football). After graduation, Tanner plans to attend either the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point or the University of Minnesota to major in Pharmacy.

Tanner likes to put 'service above self' and goes out of his way to help out others. People may give volunteering a bad reputation because they think it's just for those who have nothing to do but Tanner wants to correct that by saying that it's a very rewarding feeling and a great experience. Overall volunteering has been more than he expected and he did not believe he would stay with Mercy this long. He is thrilled to be receiving this scholarship which will be a big help in paying for college. 

 

Zoe Bossert - Recipient of Wilma Ritsema Scholarship

By Mai Xiong, Field Placement Student, Volunteer Services

Congratulations to Zoe Bossert for being this year's recipient of the $500 Wilma Ritsema Scholarship. Al Ritsema created this fund within the Mercy Health foundation to annually award students in honor of his wife, Wilma. Al and Wilma were both active volunteers at Mercy. Wilma took on many volunteer roles as well as serving as president of the Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary. In total, she provided over 5,000 hours of volunteer Service. Criteria for this scholarship are that the awardee is to be a High School graduating senior and a Mercy Medical Center Volunteer, in good standing, with a high amount of volunteer hours. The student must also be planning to attend a technical school or university. 

Zoe currently attends Oshkosh North High School and participates actively in her school community. She is part of National Honor Society, Hispanic Honor Society, rotary club, choir council, stage society, and cross country. Outside of school, Zoe also gives time to her Church. Her hobbies include running, writing, biking, and reading. After graduation, she plans on attending UW-Lacrosse to major in either English or Biology.

Her interest in volunteering with Mercy Medical Center sparked after a tour of the hospital in eighth grade. She started volunteering the following year as a freshman in high school. Areas that she has volunteered in are transport and errands. She has donated over 170 hours of service. She enjoys interacting with people and has learned responsibility and how to communicate with others better.

In regards to volunteering, Zoe says "As much as you give, you get so much more back". She is thrilled and honored to be receiving this scholarship and would like to thank her Mom for shaping her into the person she is today. 

 

School of Radiology Scholarship Recipients

Mercy Medical Center Volunteers are pleased to award three $1000 scholarships to students in the Marian University Radiologic Technology (RT) Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarships are applied to their tuition.  The students were honored at the Fall General Meeting and Luncheon where the awards were presented.  

Awardees pictured below are (left to right): Elizabeth Zuelke, Kristal Wiese and Stephanie Thurber.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Scholarships Awarded

Three scholarships were awarded for the 2016-2017 school year by the MMCV organization to students enrolled in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh at the UW Oshkosh Honors and Awards Ceremony in the fall of 2016. The recipients are Ryan Niemuth, Sabrina Popenfus and Ashley Jones. Each scholarship of $1,000 is applied to the cost of tuition. Each student has demonstrated financial need and excellent academic achievement. 

Left to right, Sue Boerschinger Mercy Medical Center Volunteers (MMCV) Chair, Bev Fretchel MMCV Scholarship Chair, Sabrina Popenfus, and Ryan Niemuth at the UW- Oshkosh honors and awards ceremony.

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