Northern Regional Hospital Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

Six Local Residents Awarded $1,000 Student Scholarships

Northern Regional Hospital recently announced the first recipients of the Robin Hardy Hodgin Education Scholarship awards for deserving students who desire to pursue a rewarding profession in healthcare. As part of the scholarship program, the Robin H. Hodgin Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, books, or supplies for selected students who enroll in accredited healthcare programs in the areas of nursing, pharmacy and other allied-health professions.

This year, six scholarship students – carefully screened and selected by a team of hospital and college leaders – include Carlee Davidson of Pinnacle, Ashlyn G. Griffin of Hillsville, Mario Hernandez of Dobson, Alyscia R. Leonard of Cana, Ellie G. Martin and Kathlyn R. Mauck, both of Mount Airy, and Amber N. Mize of Patrick Springs, VA.

“This valuable program provides a much-needed helping hand to deserving students who have chosen to pursue fulfilling careers in healthcare; it recognizes and honors the distinguished and ongoing career of Robin Hodgin, one of the most gifted and committed nursing leaders we have. It also exemplifies the hospital’s longstanding commitment to giving back to the community,” said Chris A. Lumsden, President & Chief Executive Officer of Northern Regional Hospital, in announcing this year’s award winners.

Northern Regional Hospital established the innovative scholarship program in October 2019, named in honor of Northern’s current Vice President for Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer. The Robin Hardy Hodgin Education Fund has, and will be, funded through private donations – to be matched dollar-for-dollar – by the Northern Regional Hospital Foundation.

The Hospital’s designated Scholarship Committee awards one-time $1,000 scholarships, based on merit and financial need – for up to ten eligible students enrolled in a health-sciences degree-granting program at an accredited college or university of their choice. Scholarships are awarded to prospective students who reside in Surry County or the surrounding region and aspire to a career in nursing or any recognized allied-health professions – including respiratory therapy, physical therapy, medical imaging technology, laboratory science, pharmacy, and others.

Carlee Davidson, of Pinnacle, is a 2020 graduate of the Surry Early College. She will be attending Wingate University and study biology. Davidson’s goal is to become a physical therapist. Having had a passion for healthcare for many years, her inspiration for physical therapy came after helping care for her grandmother during an illness in 2018. “I watched multiple doctors and nurses, along with various therapists come in and help my grandmother get better,” said Davidson. “It amazed me to see how much physical therapy helped her get back to normal…and how much of a difference they make in people’s lives.”

Ashlyn G. Griffin, of Hillsville, is a 2020 graduate of Carroll County High School and plans to begin her studies for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Radford University. Griffin was also inspired to become a healthcare provider after witnessing others care for a grandparent, her great-grandfather. In her high school years, she became interested in women’s health, and hopes to have a career in the field of obstetrics and gynecology that includes a midwife certification. “I knew I wanted to be in the medical field [from a young age] because I enjoyed taking care of others,” said Griffin.

Mario Hernandez, of Dobson, is a 2020 graduate of the Surry Early College and begins his studies this fall at NC State University where he will study chemistry and eventually attend medical school. “Since I was younger, I knew that I wanted to be something big. I wanted to do something that would take years of hard work to accomplish and at the same time love the process and love the profession,” said Hernandez. While accompanying his mom to her doctor visits and serving as a translator, he says he gained an interest in the medical field and “fell in love with the process of becoming a doctor.” “I know it’ll be hard, but the end result will be worth it.”

Alyscia R. Leonard, of Cana, is a 2020 graduate of Carroll County High School and is attending Surry Community College this fall where she will pursue an Associates Degree in Science and then continue her studies in medical sonography at Forsyth Tech. Leonard said, “It has always been my dream to be involved in the medical field. I have so much passion for helping people [and] they deserve people who will take care of them.”

Ellie G. Martin, of Mount Airy, is a 2020 graduate of Mount Airy High School. She plans to pursue nursing at Surry Community College. Martin says she has dreamed most of her life to be a nurse, but that it was an experience last year in helping care for a best friend who had been in a car accident. “It was this experience that reassured me that I was going to pursue a career in nursing…it was more than a career, it was my calling,” said Martin.

Kathlyn R. Mauck, of Mount Airy, is a 2020 graduate of Mount Airy High School. She is attending UNC Chapel Hill this fall and will pursue studies in biology and pre-medicine. “My passion for medicine and desire to become a physician was really solidified during the summer after my ninth grade year when I had the opportunity to observe a cesarean section on my first day as Junior Volunteer at Northern Regional Hospital,” said Mauck. “I knew from that moment on that medicine is the field for me.”

Amber N. Mize, of Patrick Springs, Virginia, is a 2020 graduate of Patrick County High School and plans to attend Patrick Henry Community College to pursue nursing. Currently employed as a pediatric behavioral technician, Mize said, “I have discovered that my heart truly lies in pediatric care. Working with my kids with autism is by far the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. I now know that I want to spend the rest of my life working in pediatrics.”

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