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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - Carroll Hospital Center Foundation awards close to $10,000 in scholarships to Carroll County residents

CONTACT: Simone Lindsay, 410-871-6836

Westminster, Md. – (July 31, 2013) — To assist students furthering their education, the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation recently awarded scholarships worth $9,500 combined to six Carroll County residents. Established by supporters of the hospital, the scholarships were presented on July 23 during a special reception held inside The Women’s Place at Carroll Hospital Center.  Close to 30 people attended the reception including the scholarship awardees, their family members, benefactors, Carroll Hospital Center executive team members and members of the committees responsible for choosing the awardees.  The scholarships and recipients were as follows:

The Libman Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Ciepiela, of Hampstead, and Ashley Poe, of Westminster. The pair each received $2,000 to cover tuition, books and fees at Carroll Community College for their pursuit of a degree as a registered nurse. This scholarship, established in 2003 by Frank Herbert Libman, is awarded each year to Carroll County residents pursuing a nursing degree at Carroll Community College.

The Scholarship for Dependents of Associates was awarded to Jacob Harple, of Westminster. He received $2,000 towards his studies at Penn State University where he will be pursuing a degree in civil engineering in the fall. The scholarship was established in 2006 with an initial gift of $30,000 from Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kane and is awarded to children of employees at Carroll Hospital Center or its affiliates. Harple is the son of Amy (Harple) Krohn, an administrative assistant at Carroll Hospital Center.

  • The Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship was awarded to Melissa Zahn, R.N., of Hampstead, and Jennifer Hudgins, of Hanover, Pa.  Zahn, who was awarded the scholarship for a the second consecutive year, received a $750 check towards her studies at the University of Pheonix where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Hudgins, who was unable to attend the reception, will also receive a $750 check toward her tuition, as she pursues her nursing degree at Harrisburg Area Community College.  The Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship was launched in 2008 with gifts pooled together from various physicians affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center including Drs. Binu Chacko, Dinesh Kalaria, Natvarlal Rajpara, Suresh Sidh and Sushma Sidh, and Kiran and Radikah Kuna.

  • And, the Virginia Minnick Auxiliary Scholarship for dependents of associates was awarded to John Richards, of Westminster, son of Carroll Hospital Center’s director of volunteer services Mary Richards.  A junior volunteer at the hospital for four years, John received $2,500 towards his studies at the Virginia Military Institute.  The scholarship was started by longtime Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary member, Ms. Virginia Shipley Minnick, who allocated $50,000 from her estate to establish the scholarship.

“We are extremely thankful to our hospital supporters for establishing these scholarships to assist future generations in the pursuit of an advanced education and becoming vital members of our community,” said John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center CEO.

Carroll Hospital Center is a nonprofit, acute care facility offering the latest in medical technology, experienced medical professionals in a variety of specialties and a continuum of programs and services to meet the needs of the community.

The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation is a non-profit organization that was formed to strengthen the charitable support of its generous contributors, friends and neighbors who help the hospital improve the health and well-being of the community. The Foundation Board of Trustees and Foundation staff oversee the fundraising efforts of the hospital and Carroll Hospice to ensure that its important mission is fulfilled. 

Photo Captions: 
Top right photo: From left to right are, Steve Wantz, Carroll Community College Foundation executive director; Lauren Ciepiela, Libman Nursing Scholarship recipient; Faye Pappalardo, Carroll Community College president; Ashley Poe, Libman Nursing Scholarship recipient; and John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center CEO.

Middle left photo: From left to right are Jacob Harple, Scholarship for Dependents of Associates recipient, and John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center CEO.

Middle right photo:  Melissa Zahn, R.N., Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship recipient, and John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center CEO. 

Bottom left photo: From left to right are Ty and Mary Richards, Carroll Hospital Center director of volunteer services; son John Richards, Virginia Minnick Auxiliary Scholarship recipient; and John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center CEO.