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St. John Providence associates’ sons and daughters awarded scholarships

St. John Providence Health System
Monday, July 29, 2013

St. John Providence associates’ sons and daughters awarded scholarships

Contact: Brian Taylor, 586-753-0726.

Warren - The first group of 15 students selected for scholarships through the new St. John Providence Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program were recognized by St. John Providence Health System at a special reception on July 26.

The high school graduates, each a son or daughter of a St. John Providence Health System associate, were selected from among 188 applicants. Each scholarship recipient was awarded $1,500 for the 2013-2014 school year to assist with the expenses of higher education at a college or vocational school.

The program, created through a personal donation from Patricia Maryland, Dr.Ph, when she was President and CEO of SJPHS, will offer scholarships to sons and daughters of associates each spring. Dr. Maryland was recently appointed President of Healthcare Operations and COO of Ascension Health, the parent organization of SJPHS.

The first scholarship awardees include: Kaylene Candela of Warren, Joanna Cogiel of Shelby Township, Manuel Cohen of Southfield, Ashley Elzerman of Richmond, Jamie George of Sterling Heights, Joel George of Sterling Heights, Kayla Giese of Macomb, Alexandra Hoskins of Clarkston, Connor Kurtz of Howell, Rebecca Meerschaert of Sterling Heights, Jaime Miller of Harrison Township, Heather Paillon of Livonia, Steven Pawlak of Troy, Cameron Pennymon of Macomb and Katherine Wolf of Waterford Township.

The scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of goals, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Awards were not based solely on financial need.

Dr. Maryland said she decided to contribute the funding for the scholarships because the program combines two things she is very passionate about—education and the enrichment of the St. John Providence family. “I am happy to support the families of our St. John Providence family in pursuing higher education and extend my best wishes for success,” she said.

“As I was growing up, there were eight children in my family, and all of us sought higher education. I know the costs can be daunting,” she told those in attendance at the recognition event at the Skyline Club in Southfield. “You and your parents are working hard to afford tuition and books, and every little bit helps. It’s an honor for me and for St. John Providence Health System, to provide some of that help.”

While the program was originally called the St. John Providence Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program, it was announced that the name has been changed to “The Patricia Maryland Sons and Daughters Schlolarship Program.” The new name is in recognition of Dr. Maryland’s dedication to leave a legacy that will make a difference to associates and their children for years to come.

“I encourage you to work hard, stay true to your goals and find your passion,” Dr. Maryland expressed to the students. “Discover what work or vocation excites you and then pursue it with all your energy.”