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Thursday, June 14, 2012

St. Francis Auxiliary awards scholarships to local student volunteers

Recipients, from left: Christine Mackenzie, Stephanie Hamilton,
Meagan Fuller, Kyle Miller and Janit Pandya.

By Samantha Johansen
For Franciscan St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS – Five hard-working volunteers are heading to college, thanks in large part to scholarships awarded to them by the St. Francis Auxiliary.

With their families and friends looking on, each of the students received $1,000 scholarships at a ceremony and luncheon June 13 at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

“St. Francis Auxiliary is pleased to present scholarships to these teens, who have contributed to the Franciscan mission and values throughout the school year,” said Auxiliary President Paula Curseaden. 

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.

“I’m honored and humbled I was selected for this scholarship, I will definitely put it to use, to further my education,” said Pandya.

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

Samantha Johansen majors in journalism at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is an intern with the Community Relations and Marketing Department at Franciscan St. Francis Health.