Thousands of dollars in scholarships are going to Rim Country students for health care training.
The Mogollon Health Alliance hosts a luncheon for its scholarship recipients at noon, Tuesday, May 20 at the Payson United Methodist Church.
The MHA sponsors projects throughout the year to raise the money to help students pursue education in the health care fields.
A portion of the money raised at the MHA Black & White Ball goes to the scholarship fund, as do proceeds from the various special sales the group hosts at the hospital — $6 jewelry sales, books, purses, scrubs, etc. — additionally, sales from the hospital auxiliary’s thrift and gift shops go toward the scholarships.
Winning the top $1,000 prizes were Priyaben Bhakta, John Ceja and Natalie Moceri. Bhakta is the only graduating senior among the group, the other two are already in college.
Other Payson High School seniors awarded MHA scholarships are Emerald Ashby, Jillian Conlon, Hanna Golembewski, Savannah Grassel, Miguel Mendoza, Lena Obrecht and Arianna Paulson.
Other winners of 2014 scholarships from MHA are Cassandra Barnett, Anaiah Blair, Leah Brahm, Moni Butler, Ashley Davis, Savannah Flores, Samuel Grassel, Michelle Jackman, Colton Jackson, Kaitlyn Jones, Jamie Ludtke, Dakota Marshall, Madelyn Nossek, Shelby Prestwich, Tesia Smith, Jade Tangeman, Eric Vohs and Rosemary Wilcox.
Dan Bramble with the Payson Fire Department is a past recipient of an MHA scholarship. He talked about how the award helped him pursue an education.
Bramble, a battalion chief with PFD, was assisted by the MHA in earning a master’s degree in science leadership with an emphasis on disaster preparedness. He was awarded the degree this spring.
“It was really valuable in obtaining my graduate degree. There is not a lot of (financial) assistance out there for graduate work,” Bramble said.
The award was even more valuable since the Town of Payson eliminated its tuition assistance to employees in 2008.
“It’s been tough. A lot of us in the fire department are pursuing our education on our own time and our own dime,” Bramble said.
He said it is nice to know the MHA is there to help people with their careers, which in turn helps their community and families.
Bramble added that his wife is another past recipient of an MHA scholarship. She won one about 10 years ago to help with her training as a dental hygienist.
“It’s hometown help to improve the quality of life,” Bramble said.