The Candy Striper at George Regional Hospital worked diligently all year to raise money for their first ever scholarship. Scholarship recipient, Kadejah Todd, is a second year nursing student at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, George County Campus.
“The Candy Striper raise money through bake sales and other fundraisers throughout the year,” explains Ann Green, R.N., Education Coordinator and Director of the Candy Striper program. “Hopefully this will be an annual scholarship, but the amount will vary depending on successful fundraising.”
The scholarship recipient was selected with the assistance of the administrators at the nursing school and was awarded on; commitment to his/her studies, maintaining a C+ average, and financial need. Recipients must also have successfully completed the first year of nursing school.
The Candy Striper Program is made up of student volunteers in the 9th through 12th grades who must maintain a C+ grade point average. “Currently, we have eight members. These students may serve in the Lab, Radiology Department, Material Management, Information Technology, or the Med/Surg Unit,” adds Green.
Applications are available at the hospital and at George County High School at the beginning of each school year. After submitting their application, students are then interviewed for the volunteer position. “Not only are these volunteer students learning about the healthcare field as a profession, they are very valuable to our patients and our employees,” Green points out.
For more information about the Candy Striper Program, please call Ms. Green at 601-673-6027.