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Recipients of new PHH scholarship selected

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KOCH: Karmen Koch smiles for a celebratory photo after receiving her scholarship certificate and congratulations from Perkins.
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HICKS: Sheena Hicks proudly displays the certificate identifying her as a recipient of the Spirit of Service Scholarship, presented to her by Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation, which administers the scholarship funds.”

Staff report

Huntington — May 21, 2019 – A pharmacy student from Huntington and a mother of two pursuing an occupational therapy assistant degree at Huntington University are the first two recipients of a new scholarship funded through Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Karmen Koch, of Huntington, a student at Butler University, and Sheena Hicks, of Waterloo, who is completing her first semester at Huntington University, each will receive $1,500 Parkview Huntington Spirit of Service scholarships. They were selected for the awards by a review panel that included representatives of the hospital, the Parkview Huntington Foundation board of directors, the hospital’s volunteer corps, and the community.

The Spirit of Service Scholarship is funded by a gift to the hospital, through the foundation, by the former Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild. The Guild, which ceased operations in 2018, had managed a scholarship program of its own for many years.

Huntington County high school seniors or residents, as well as students at Huntington University, pursuing degree programs in a healthcare-related field are eligible for Spirit of Service scholarships.

Hicks, who has spent 13 years in healthcare with a physician’s office staff, commutes to her classes at Huntington from her home in DeKalb County. She is a full-time student who is also minoring in psychology.

Koch is working toward her doctor of pharmacy degree at Butler. She is a 2018 graduate of Huntington North High School, where she had become a certified nursing assistant by the time she graduated. She is a member of Butler’s track team and is involved in both the university’s student leadership development program and as a math tutor at an Indianapolis middle school as part of a community outreach program.

“We had a wonderful group of candidates to consider for this scholarship,” said Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation. “And we had both traditional and non-traditional students represented. The selection committee had a tough job narrowing the field to two.”

For additional information on the scholarship, contact Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation, at mike.perkins@parkview.com or 260-355-3316.