WVU Medicine Camden Clark Awards $11,500 in Scholarships to Local Students to further healthcare education

(Parkersburg, WV) – WVU Medicine Camden Clark has announced the recipients of the 2021 Camden Clark Auxiliary and the Camden Clark Foundation healthcare scholarships.

The Auxiliary of Camden Clark Medical Center awarded three (3) $2,500 Leo D. Carsner (Memorial) Scholarships to area students obtaining a degree in a healthcare field. The 2021 recipients are Tyler Lawrentz, West Virginia University; Brianna Butler, Eastern Virginia Medical School; and Lauren Proffitt, West Virginia University. All three recipients are Parkersburg natives.  

“Our Auxiliary is able to support scholarship funding in addition to an annual hospital donation with funds raised by operating the hospital Gift Shop and other fundraisers throughout the year. Since 1992, they’ve been able to award $159,000 in scholarships to area students,” said Marjorie Reed, Volunteer and Auxiliary Manager. “As our Auxiliary Board and our Scholarship Committee recognizes the importance of scholarships and the dedication these students have to complete their academic journey, it is a highlight of our year and an honor to provide these scholarships.”

The criteria for submitting an application are: students must have completed or in the process of completing one year of college; are obtaining a degree in the medical field, and live in the area serviced by the hospital. Applications are received annually and can be found on the hospital website or by contacting Volunteer Services.

Leo D. Carsner was the CEO and president of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital from 1963-1989. Known for always respecting his fellow employees, Carsner created the “Employees Association” in 1975.

Camden Clark Memorial Foundation announced the recipients of two (2) $2,000 Nursing Scholarships. The 2021 recipients are Mary Treadway of Vienna, who is continuing her education at Carson-Newman University and Lena Burns of Parkersburg, who will study at Western Governors University. The Camden Clark Nursing Alumnae made funding for the scholarship available. Both recipients are employees of WVU Medicine Camden Clark. Treadway is an Inpatient Diabetes Educator for WVU Medicine Camden Clark. She is currently pursuing her Post-Master’s Family Nurse Certification through Carson-Newman University.  Burns is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and ensures through the Professional Practice and Education Department that staff receive a quality orientation and training while proving their competency.  She is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education through Western Governors University.

“The foundation is thrilled to provide two scholarships to Camden Clark employees who are taking the opportunity to expand their nursing education and apply those skills in their careers,” said Kim Couch Executive Director of the WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation. “We appreciate the continued help and dedication of our the alumnae from the Camden Clark School of Nursing who provide this generous support and continue to play an important role in assisting our program long since the last class graduated in 1969.”

About WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center:

Camden Clark Medical Center is a 302 licensed-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility that serves the mid-Ohio Valley; an 11-county, 250,000 resident region of West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio. CCMC provides a broad range of services, offering the latest in medical technology and a highly trained staff. As the community's hospital for more than a century, CCMC plays a leading role as the region's primary source for advanced healthcare, wellness programs and has earned accreditation from The Joint Commission. For more information, see www.camdenclark.org.


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