>   By Marie Williams
   Auxiliary scholarship chair
   It is open season and the hunt is on in Jefferson County for local scholarships. Applications are still being accepted from the Mountain View Hospital Auxiliary scholarship program which also administers the Velva K. Bean Memorial Scholarship fund and the Kimberly Olson Memorial Scholarship fund.
   The gift of financial support has helped many local students to stay focused on the pursuit of higher education in the medical and healthcare professions.
   Scholarships will be awarded soon, and if you apply there is a good chance of receiving one. But the deadline is around the corner and no more applications will be accepted after May 15.
   With $20,000 to give away this year, the auxiliary considers a wide variety of criteria and not just grades alone when determining who the recipients will be. The program is open to all in Jefferson County including Warm Springs residents and Mountain View Hospital employees and volunteers.
   Also, there is good news for part-time students this year. Part-time students are now eligible to apply if they are taking a minimum of six credit hours.
   The application is now easier than ever to find at its new home on the hospital Web site at On the home page just click on "Volunteer Opportunities" in the list of Quick Links.
   You may notice the application is longer and more detailed, but don't let that scare you. It is lengthier because it was designed to reach all types of students that do and don't fit the category of high school senior headed right for college.
   Students who received awards for 2007-08 were: Stormie Hulsey, nursing at COCC; Kelsea Lang, nursing at Eastern Oregon University; Hannah Pugh, pharmacy at OSU; Tiffany Adams, nursing at Umpqua Community College; Nicklas Hamilton, med tech at OSU; Amar Patel, pharmacy at OSU; Arlene Phillips, nursing at COCC; Terah Pugh, nursing at George Fox Univ.; Steve Reeder, pre-med at U of O; and Kate Scheideman, pre-med at Pacific Lutheran University.
   This is an exemplary group of students that are well on their way to great futures in noble professions.
   All of these students have expressed their appreciation for our support as much as we appreciate their effort. We wish them all the best in their endeavors.
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