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Baystate Wing Hospital Auxiliary Awards $3,500 in Scholarships to Area Students

PALMER — The Baystate Wing Hospital Auxiliary recently presented $3,500 in scholarships to area high-school students pursuing careers in healthcare. Each year, the scholarships are financed by the hard work and dedicated fundraising efforts of its members.

The auxiliary awarded scholarships to seniors graduating from Belchertown, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Pathfinder, Minnechaug, and Ware high schools who are pursuing higher education in the healthcare field. The students were chosen based on their academic excellence, volunteer efforts and related community service, work experience, and dedication to their goals.

A committee reviewed the applications of area students in April, as they do each year, to select the students who this year will receive a $500 scholarship. The 2023 scholarship award recipients are Madeline Jaszek from Belchertown High School, Kaylee Lyman from Ludlow High School, Nikolas Supczak from Minnechaug Regional High School, Maggie Ronaldson from Monson High School, Colton Santarelli from Palmer High School, Morgan Austin from Pathfinder Regional High School, and Callie Orszulak from Ware High School.

“Our auxilians work hard each year to raise funds for scholarships because it is very important to them to support our future healthcare professionals,” said Ursula St. Amand, chair of the scholarship committee. “We are extremely proud of these students and grateful to the Baystate Wing Hospital Auxiliary members for their continued dedication to our hospital and our communities.”

For over 75 years, the auxiliary has been actively supporting Baystate Wing Hospital through its sponsorship of special events and management of the gift shop. This diverse group of women and men includes teachers, nurses, and business owners, both young and retirees, who live in many different communities and are united by a shared commitment to support the mission of the hospital.

“We are thankful to the auxiliary members for their continued commitment and support,” said Teresa Grove, Philanthropy officer for Baystate Health’s Eastern Region.

St. Amand added that “we are delighted and proud to continue to serve and support our hospital and our patients and visitors who come to the hospital for care.”