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Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary Awards Annual Scholarships

May 6, 2019

Contact: Gregg Warren, Vice President-Marketing/Public Relations, 304-243-3260

WHEELING, W.Va. – At the Spring Dinner Meeting of the Auxiliary of Wheeling Hospital, the annual tradition of awarding scholarships to teen volunteers continued. Nine high school seniors, representing six schools, received the honor.

Peggy Swearingen, Auxiliary Scholarship chairperson, presented the students with scholarships each worth $1,000 a year for four years. Currently, 20 former Junior Volunteers are receiving scholarships. With the addition of the latest recipients, the auxiliary will be pledging $29,000 in 2019-2020 academic year.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a Junior Volunteer must be a current high school senior with a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer service at Wheeling Hospital. They must be entering into a health related college curriculum and carry a 2.5 high school GPA.

Each applicant must complete a scholarship application including an essay on how their volunteer experience influenced their career choice. The high schools represented by the scholarship winners were: Wheeling Park High School, Martins Ferry High School, Bridgeport High School, John Marshall High School, St. Clairsville High School and Buckeye Local.

Receiving the 2019 scholarships were:
• Alex Dague, son of Jerry and Kelly Dague
• Maggie Kloss, daughter of Erich Kloss and Stacy Seidler
• Melina McCabe, daughter of John and Kristen McCabe
• Noah Riccelli, son of Diana Riccelli and the late Randy Riccelli
• Audrey Sebring, daughter of John and Amy Sebring
• Ashlee Vah, daughter of Ron and Debbie Vah
• Maria Vincenzo, daughter of Donald and Karen Vincenzo
• Carissa Webb, daughter of Jamie Webb and Stacy Webb
• Emily Wright, daughter of Tim and Kelly Wright

Together these students have given a combined total of 1,846 service hours at Wheeling Hospital.

Riccelli also received a $500 scholarship from the Auxiliary of West Virginia Hospital Association and the West Virginia Hospital Association. Twenty-seven hospitals throughout the state can submit students for these scholarships. This year, 28 scholarship applications were received and Riccelli won one of the two presented.

Sheri Harvey, Wheeling Hospital director of Volunteer/Guest Services, said, “It is the mission of the Volunteer Services Department to offer our Junior Volunteers an opportunity to provide service in many departments within the hospital and to build community with others.”
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Gathering for the announcement of this year’s Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary scholarship honorees are, from left: Debbie Romaine, former director of Volunteer/Guest Services; Peggy Swearingen, Auxiliary Scholarship chairperson; scholarship winners Carissa Webb, Ashley Vah, Noah Riccelli, Audrey Sebring, Alex Dague, Emily Wright, Maggie Kloss, Marie Vincenzo and Melina McCabe; Auxiliary President Vicky Musicaro; and Volunteer/Guest Services Director Sheri Harvey.