Annually, Davis Hospital and Medical Center Volunteers sponsors two fundraisers which fund scholarships for eligible DHMC volunteers. The scholarships are awarded based on total number of hours, GPA, a personal essay and reference letters. For the 2017-2018 academic year, twelve outstanding, dedicated volunteers were awarded scholarships.
Shaylie Humphries and Alexis Cowles are 2017 graduates of Syracuse High School and have been accepted to Weber State University. Elisabeth Aaron is completing her graduation requirements at Aarondel Academy in Layton and has been accepted to Brigham Young University. Preston Nguyen will graduate from Davis High School and plans to attend the University of Utah. Ireland Kearns will also be attending the University of Utah after her graduation from Layton High School. Clarissa Taylor will complete her high school requirements at Layton High School and has been accepted to Weber State University. Ashley Carey is graduating from Northridge High School and has been accepted to Weber State University. Four of the recipients are continuing students: Logan Taylor, Isabella Pignataro and Tiffany Wardle are currently attending Weber State University and Aaron Hottel is attending Argosy University. Jessica Tackett completed foundation courses at the DATC and has been accepted to Weber State University.
The age and experience range was very broad this year. Aaron Hottel has been volunteering at DHMC for ten years, interrupting his volunteer schedule for tours of duty to Iraq, Afghanistan and Bharain with the United States Air Force Reserves where his current job is Medical Technician. Tiffany Wardle aspires to be the first college graduate in her family and pursue a career in the medical field.
With exception of Aaron, who plans to pursue a degree in Organizational Leadership to pursue his military career, the rest of the recipients intend to pursue careers in the medical field: Certified Nurse Midwife, Paramedic Sheriff, Physician’s Assistant, Nurse, Clinical Psychiatrist, Medical Laboratory Science, Surgeon (Neurosurgeon or Cardiothoracic Surgeon) and Physician.
Collectively, these twelve volunteers have logged a total of 3,590 volunteer hours, with an average 3.7 GPA. Their service to the hospital’s staff, patients and visitors is significant. They, in turn, all express their gratitude for being able to make a difference and look forward to rewarding careers of service. They began volunteering for various reasons: experience in a hospital setting, something to put on a resume or admissions form, etc. In their personal essays, many commented on how volunteering impacted them positively. They have improved their interpersonal skills, communication skills and are more compassionate. They have experienced humility and gratification from their service. The common comment in their essays was the realization that a smile or encouraging word to an anxious patient or family member makes a huge difference. Shaylie Humphries said, “I want to make a difference in people’s lives even if it’s just something small and simple.” Preston Nguyen said, “The most important impression I will take from volunteering is being understanding and open to others. I will use this not only in the medical field, but in my life.”