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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

College-bound students get financial boost from St. Francis Auxiliary

INDIANAPOLIS – Five area college-bound students have been named recipients of scholarships awarded by the St. Francis Auxiliary.

They were awarded $1,000 scholarships each based on their academic performances, community service and their volunteer commitment at Franciscan St. Francis Health’s Indianapolis and Mooresville hospitals. The recipients are:

Christine Mackenzie of Mooresville. Since 2010, she has volunteered more than 246 hours at the Impact Center. She plans to attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and enter its radiography program.

Stephanie Hamilton of Indianapolis. She has been a volunteer for more than a year at the Indianapolis campus and has logged 152 hours of service. She will attend IUPUI and study nursing.

Janit Pandya of Greenwood. A volunteer since 2009, he has served 207 hours, largely in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Indianapolis hospital. He intends to pursue a degree related to medicine at Indiana University.

Meagan Fuller of Mooresville. She has accumulated more than 300 hours as a greeter at the information desk at the Mooresville facility. She will attend Hanover College and major in biology and pre-med studies.

Kyle Miller of Greenwood. He has logged 108 hours volunteering  in the labor and delivery unit at the Indianapolis campus. He will attend IU and major in biology.

The students will be presented with their scholarships at a luncheon Wednesday, June 13 at the Indianapolis campus.

“We are proud of these students and what they have accomplished,” said Paula Curseaden, St. Francis Auxiliary president, “and we wish them the best as they pursue higher education and their career goals.”

Since 2007, the Auxiliary has awarded $30,000 in scholarships to deserving young volunteers.

The Auxiliary is a component of the Franciscan Alliance Foundation–St. Francis Health. It helps the foundation to advance its mission of caring for terminally ill patients and assuring spiritual care and crisis support for patients and employees. It also provides professional development for employees and with the goal of promoting healthier communities.  

Auxiliary members also serve as volunteers in a variety of areas at Franciscan St. Francis Health’s three hospitals.

To learn more about the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, go to