Serving as a Teen Volunteer at Union Hospital and her experience with the hospital’s UH TECH program inspired Karissa Swinderman of Dover to become a nurse. To help her with education expenses, Union Hospital has presented the recent Dover High School graduate with a $1,000 scholarship award.
“Karissa was the top qualifier in all aspects of the competitive application process,” according to Holly Poole, a UH employee and chairperson of the UH TECH Coordinating Committee. “Karissa’s academic achievements, a great mix of extracurricular activities, her service as a UH Volunteer, and a compelling essay set her above the rest as we considered the scholarship applications.”
Swinderman is the daughter of Michael and Virginia Swinderman of Dover and plans to attend nursing school this fall at Otterbein University at Westerville, Ohio.
UH TECH stands for “Teens Exploring Careers in Healthcare”. Union Hospital staff manage the program and plan an annual Career Camp each November. Area high school students explore many different healthcare career opportunities during the one-day program.
This is the fifth year that Union Hospital has awarded a scholarship to a graduating senior who participated in UH TECH, excelled academically and in extracurricular activities, and presented a compelling essay describing their plans to pursue a career in a healthcare profession.
“Choosing Karissa for the UH TECH scholarship is very rewarding for all of us because it fulfills the mission of the program which is to inspire a new generation of superior students to pursue a healthcare career,” Poole added. “All of the applicants were excellent candidates and the choice was very difficult.”
Poole says the next UH TECH Career Camp will be held in mid-November at Union Hospital. All high school students are welcome to consider attend. Seniors will be invited to apply for the UH TECH Scholarship. Details will be provided to all the area high schools to share with students when school begins this fall.