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Alliance with Medical Society presents dozen scholarships


The Alliance with the Medical Society of Jefferson County on July 10 presented scholarships of $1,000 each to 12 students who plan to pursue careers in health fields. The reception was held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church.

The 12 recipients:

Melissa A. Abbate, a second-year recipient from Adams Center, received an associate’s degree in science in June from Jefferson Community College. She has been accepted to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where she plans to pursue a degree in medical technology. Her scholarship was sponsored by Excellus BlueCross/BlueShield.

Lindsey L. Barber, a third-year recipient from Chaumont, will receive the fourth annual North Country Orthopedic Group scholarship in memory of Dr. James Fish. She is studying physical therapy at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, where she is regularly on the dean’s list.

Kristine M. Faulknham of Cape Vincent is a graduate of Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology this year. She has been accepted to Upstate Medical University where she will be enrolled in the rural medical education program which will lead to her becoming a primary care physician. She received the Dr. Irwin K. Stone Memorial Scholarship.

Makayla M. Flath of Dexter, a June graduate of General Brown Central High School, received the Alliance Scholarship in memory of Dr. Bernard Lustick. She’s been accepted to Le Moyne College where her studies will lead her to a nursing career.

Savannah E. Fuller, Philadelphia, is a third-year recipient attending Keuka College’s occupational therapy program. She received the 19th annual Northern Radiology Associates Scholarship.

Matthew C. Klock of Chaumont, a June graduate of Lyme Central School, will attend Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He received the Willis Scholarship in memory of Polly Yott, a nursing supervisor at Samaritan medical Center and Matthew’s grandmother.

Christopher D. Leen, Belleville, is a fourth-year recipient who will be completing the nursing program at SUNY Plattsburgh. He received the Van Slyke Scholarship.

Mikayla K. Lyttle, Rodman, a June graduate of South Jefferson Central School, Adams, has been accepted into the nursing program at JCC. She received the Elena Van Eenenaam Memorial Scholarship .

Jeffrey A. MacDonald Jr.,a June graduate of Watertown High School, has been accepted to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services. He received the fourth annual Jefferson Physicians Organization Scholarship in memory of Dr. Lewis D. Yecies.

Brenda J. Mack, Watertown, a massage therapist for 22 years, is attending JCC for its nursing program. She received the 14th annual Helen Minaert Memorial Scholarship.

Abigail L. Monroe, Watertown, is a second-year recipient, attending Utica College for physical therapy. She received the second annual Dr. Warren Daub Memorial Scholarship.

Kate E. Moore, a June graduate of Watertown High School, has been accepted to Le Moyne College where she will major in biology, leading to her goal of being a physician assistant. She received the 14th annual Samaritan Medical Staff Scholarship.

There were 33 applicants for this year’s scholarships. Committee members from the Alliance are Jeannie Weber, president, Patty Minaert, Jean Gianfagna, Lynn Pyke, Ann Van Slyke and Hildegard Willlis. The physician representative and president of the medical society is Dr. Howard Huang.

This is the 60th year that the Alliance has been awarding scholarships to Jefferson County students pursuing careers in health-related fields.

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