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Southern Coos Health Foundation Awards Nine Mary Richards Memorial Scholarships

Recipients will use funds to further careers in healthcare

BANDON – With the idea of helping health care workers obtain the education they need to advance in the profession, the Southern Coos Health Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to nine individuals who are pursuing careers in healthcare. The funds to provide these scholarships are raised from proceeds from the Hospital Gift Shop and the Golf for Health Classic annual fundraiser, as well as other donations from the community.

The goal of the scholarship program is to support the development of the next generation of healthcare leaders.

This year’s recipients include:

Julie Buck has been an ED Tech at Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center for 14 years. She started the LPN program in March 2022 and made the Dean’s List during her first term in nursing school. She will graduate from the Institute of Technology in January 2023 with her LPN certification. She plans to continue working in the Emergency Department and hopes to become a more valuable member at SCHHC. After a couple of years working as an LPN, Buck hopes to further her education by enrolling in an RN bridge program and ultimately attaining her BSN. Buck also teaches Basic Life Support to employees at SCHHC and volunteers with other hospital projects. “I love what I do and I can do more to help the MDs and nurses in the ED as an LPN. I am looking forward to the experience,” Buck said.

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