Graduates Receive Health First Foundation Scholarships

By  //  May 12, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – The Health First Foundation has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 11 graduating seniors at nine Brevard County high schools who will be pursuing advanced degrees in medical studies at various colleges across the region.

HEALTH FIRST FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS offi cers for 2012 include John Stark, Nancy Taylor, at right, and Pat Pruitt. (Image courtesy of Health First)

The criteria for scholarship selection included grade point average, school and community activities, financial need, and a written essay by applicants about their career goals and future plans.

More than 35 applications were received and reviewed by the selection committee.  The winners are eligible for a second year grant of another $1,000 if they continue their studies and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The scholarship program is made possible by the Foundation’s community fund-raising efforts, as well as individual donors who provide financial gifts for named scholarships.

Scholarship recipients, their high school and the scholarship awarded are:

 • Rachel Arthurs, Merritt Island High School, J. Edward Field Memorial Scholarship.

 • Melissa Budesa, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School, Dr. Fred Turner Memorial Scholarship.

 • Jennifer Loso, Viera High School, Health First Foundation Scholarship.

 • Matthew Monte, Palm Bay High School, Vince Spezzano Memorial Scholarship.

 • Olivia Ordonez, Merritt Island High School, Genevieve Brombacher Memorial Scholarship.

 • Joshua Page, Cocoa High School, Health First Foundation Scholarship.

 • Manali Patel, Eau Gallie High School, Health First Foundation Scholarship.

 • Steven Sims, Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. /High School, Dr. Robert and Patricia Griffin Scholarship.

 • Haley Stoner, Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School, Health First Foundation Scholarship.

 • Mary Thornburgh, Melbourne Central Catholic High School, Dr. Brian P. Gibbons Memorial Scholarship.

 • Abigail Williams, Eau Gallie High School, Marjorie E. Spezzano Scholarship.

The Health First Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the Brevard community through raising funds to support the medical programs at Health First’s family of not-for-profit medical facilities, including Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital.

For more information about the Health First Foundation or the scholarship program, please call 321-434-7353 or visit