Portage Health Auxiliary Awards Scholarships

May 18, 2016

HANCOCK, Mich. – The Portage Health Auxiliary has awarded ten $1,000 scholarships to students in medical programs at post-secondary institutions. The scholarship recipients were recognized at UP Health System – Portage’s annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Shelden Grill on Tuesday, May 10.

The Auxiliary Scholarship Committee had 25 applications for the scholarships this year. Applicants must have completed at least one year of higher education, be a registered resident of Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon County and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“This is just one way that the Auxiliary gives back to our community,” said Joanne Edwards, the chairperson of the committee. “These scholarships will help students obtain degrees in health careers and hopefully serve our local community in the future.”

The healthcare education scholarships are funded from revenue raised in the Auxiliary's annual Lights of Love Christmas tree ornament sales.

Recipients of the Auxiliary scholarships are: 

  • Dominique Aleo - Pre-Professional Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • Renee Anderton - Community Health Education, Northern Michigan University
  • Tanya Bastian - Nursing, Gogebic Community College
  • Maya Braden - Pre-Professional Biochemistry, Michigan Technological University
  • Madeline Etelamaki - Radiography, Northern Michigan University
  • Alyssa Norback - Pre-Professional Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • Nathan Perreault - Medical Coding and Billing, Finlandia University
  • Rachel Poyhonen - Nursing, Gogebic Community College
  • Celia Rajala - Radiography, Ferris State University
  • Kelsie Richards - Nursing, Finlandia University

Pictured from left to right are: Dominique Aleo, Nathan Perreault, Maya Braden, Renee Anderton, Rachel Poyhonen, and Kelsie Richards