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Mercy Folsom awards $13k in scholarships to a dozen students

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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Last week 12 students were awarded scholarships from Mercy Hospital of Folsom at an El Dorado Hills luncheon. For the 36th year, Mercy Hospital of Folsom’s Auxiliary volunteers awarded scholarships to students seeking careers in the medical field. This year, the Auxiliary awarded a total of $13,200 in scholarships to 12 recipients. Each student will receive $1,100. “I was looking into scholarships and this fit the bill,” said scholarship recipient Nicole Lemon, 17, Vista del Lago High School. “I’m looking to go into the medical field. I want to go to Mills College to study bio-psychology. It’s a blend of pre-med and psychology.” The awards were given at a special luncheon last week at the Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. “This is a privilege to be here today,” said scholarship recipient Cecilia Chan, 17, a student at Folsom High School. “Folsom is a great community, so it’s nice to have the community support us for our future.” Sadra Forati, 17, a student at Vista del Lago High School, said he is excited about the award because it will help his family with rising college tuitions. “Scholarships always help and this will really help our family financially,” Forati said. “I want to go to UC Davis to study biology.” Eligibility for the scholarships was open to students of local high schools and Mercy Hospital of Folsom employees and volunteers. One Mercy of Folsom employee, Sheri Lynn James, was awarded the scholarship. Recipients are selected for the awards based on an application and selection process that includes a review of grades, personal essays, letters of reference and a personal interview before a selection panel. Since 1976, the Auxiliary made its scholarship program a priority and has awarded more than $125,000. “The first scholarship was awarded for $100, so we’ve really come a long way,” said Carole Sharkey, Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary president. “Today we are here to award 12 deserving students with scholarships to help with their hard work and bright futures.” Every scholarship dollar is raised by the Mercy Hospital volunteer organization, so no hospital funds are used for the awards, Sharkey said. The Auxiliary also conducts several fundraisers throughout the year to support the effort. To find out more about the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary’s scholarship program, or to offer financial support, call Sharkey at (916) 939-9266. For information on becoming a Mercy Hospital volunteer, visit mercyfolsom.org or call (916) 984-7371.