Colleton Medical Center June 05, 2015

WALTERBORO, S.C. / JUNE 5, 2015 - Colleton Medical Center has named six local high school students as recipients of the annual Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship. The honorees are Nicole Frank, Kalani Harrison, Jordyn Litchfield, Ryan Penfield, Kia Stokes and Molly Warren.

"The Volunteer Auxiliary would like to thank the staff at Colleton Medical Center for making 2014 a successful fundraising year," says Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Penfield, "The scholarship funds are made possible thanks to the dedication of the volunteers who donate their time in our hospital and because of the generosity of Colleton Medical Center's staff and visitors who've participated in our efforts."

Funded through merchandise sold at the hospital's Gift Shop and volunteer-organized fundraising activities, the Volunteer Auxiliary awarded $8,000 to deserving students during a ceremony recently. Each scholarship recipient received a designated amount based on their grade point average, community service involvement and participant interview with Auxiliary members. Committee members also consider each nominee's involvement in the hospital's "Volunteen" program, an opportunity for students ages 14-18 to volunteer at Colleton Medical Center.

"Our volunteers do a great job," said volunteer coordinator Yvonne Penfield. "They work so hard. They put everything they've got into everything they do. That really makes a difference in a small town. They want to see it succeed and that's important."

In place for more than 35 years, Colleton Medical Center's Volunteer Auxiliary has 58 members including 16 volunteer Chaplains. Volunteers play an integral role in carrying out CMC's mission, by sharing their time and talents to enhance the customer experience. They help greet and escort visitors and manage the hospital's Gift Shop. In addition, they assist clinical areas where needed helping patients to relax and heal.

Also at the ceremony, local community sponsored scholarships were announced, including the Etta Benson Scholarship to Teagan Crosby and Ryan Penfield, and the Colleton County Medical Alliance Scholarship to Heather Fender.