Released by Bayhealth Medical Center
A future doctor who cures patients of infectious diseases. An aspiring nurse who will care for you in your most vulnerable hour. They are young, they are bright , they’re filled with dreams and those dreams may just be fulfilled thanks to the First Annual Bayhealth Health Career Scholarship.
For the first time, the Bayhealth Wellness Centers awarded scholarships of $500 each to four Delaware high school students who dream of serving in health care.
“With the growing needs of the Baby Boomer generation and an expected shortage of providers, it is absolutely essential that we help cultivate the next generation of health care professionals,” said Bayhealth Wellness Center Manager Sandi Voss, FMP, RN.
The Bayhealth Wellness Centers awarded the scholarships to four outstanding seniors who demonstrate academic excellence, are active in their community and who aspire to careers in the health care profession.
Victoria Cox of Milford Senior High School was the local recipient of the Bayhealth Health Career Scholarship. The scholarship was created this year through the Bayhealth Foundation and Bayhealth Wellness Centers to help encourage graduates to pursue post secondary, higher education or training in the healthcare services arena.
Ms. Cox will be going to Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania this August to study Psychology. It was a tragic experience, when Vicotoria was a child, which motivated her to look into the mental healthcare field. As a result of losing her mother, Victoria saw many counselors in order to help her understand and cope with the tragedy. It was during these sessions she discovered that many of the health professional were not able to reach her until she met Ms. Sue Chafin at the Milford High School Wellness Center.
“Her ability to help me realize what I had been through, own my story and open up inspired me to want to help others,” commented Victoria. “More than anything she was trustworthy and I felt I could trust my heart with her.”
Victoria credits Ms. Sue with giving her the ability and confidence to look beyond her high school goals and believe in possibilities that Victoria never thought were achievable. For Victoria, it is the call to help others in need and the desire to facilitate the realization of each individual’s true potential that draws her to the field of Psychology
“Ms. Sue encouraged me to see the benefits of leaving Delaware for college and experiencing a whole new life,” stated Victoria. “She was the one who motivated me to look into the scholarship and look beyond community college.”
At Washington & Jefferson College Ms. Cox will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and hopes to eventually attend graduate school to become a Psychiatrist. She will be leaving for college in August to play on the field hockey team and begin her college career.
Her father, Larry Cox, is very excited to see her going to college in Pennsylvania and looking forward to seeing her succeed in the future.
The Bayhealth Health Career Scholarship is funded through donations to the Bayhealth Foundation. To find out how you can help make dreams come true, please call (302) 744-7015 or visit www.bayhealth.org.