Scholarship Recipients

Six area residents were presented scholarships by the Auxiliary during the annual Volunteer Week Luncheon. They are, from left: Stewart Gwin of Gallion, Hannah Detlefsen of Thomasville, Katie Brooker of Gallion, and Andrew Flowers of Linden. Hunter Lewis of Demopolis and Ashley Green of Demopolis, not shown, also received scholarships.

BWWMH Auxiliary Awards Scholarships to Area Students

 The Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recognized six area students on May 1 by presenting them each a $1,500 scholarship to aid them in pursuing healthcare careers.

“We look at this as a chance to help not only deserving students receive an education, but also to help promote healthcare as a career choice,” said Brenda Parr, president of the organization. “In the past, we offered a total of six, $1,000 gift scholarships, however, we voted this year to increase the scholarship amount to $1,500 for the 2008-2009 school year.”

The Auxiliary initiated the scholarship program in 2005 with the establishment of the Emmett and Carolyn Clinkscales Scholarship and the Carolyn S. (Betty) McCormick Scholarship.  While both of the scholarships are available to residents of Marengo, Sumter, Hale, Choctaw, Perry, Greene and Clarke counties, the McCormick scholarship is granted only to children and/or grandchildren of employees of the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority.

Receiving McCormick Scholarships this year were Katie Brooker, of Gallion, and Ashley Green and Hunter Lewis, of Demopolis. Clinkscales Scholarships were presented to Hannah Detlefsen, of Thomasville, Andrew Flowers, of Linden, and Stewart Gwin, of Gallion.

Brooker, a senior at Demopolis High School , plans to study occupational therapy. She will use the $1,500 gift scholarship to attend the University of Alabama in the fall. At Demopolis High School , Brooker was as a member of the Key Club, DECA, Beta Club, and the Science National Honor Society. She also participated in the YOUth Leadership Program and is a member of the Marengo Historical Society’s Marengo Maids. Brooker is an active member of St. Leo The Great Catholic Church where she serves as a cantor and Sunday school teacher. She is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. Doug Brooker of Gallion.

 Green, a student in Samford University ’s McWorter School of Pharmacy, is a member of the Academy of Student Pharmacists , the Alabama Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society. She volunteers for Meals on Wheels and the Sav-A-Life program.  She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Green of Demopolis.

Lewis is a sophomore at the University of West Alabama where she is studying to become a registered nurse. She is the daughter Jerri Ann Johnson of Demopolis and Norman Allen Lewis of Gallion.

Detlefsen, who is a senior at Clarke Preparatory School, will use the scholarship to attend Alabama Southern Community College where she plans to study nursing. An honor student, Detlefsen is listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and is a member of the National Beta Club. She has also been a cheerleader and Diamond Doll during her tenure at Clarke Prep. She is a member of the Springfield Methodist Protestant Church where she is a youth leader and a Praise and Worship Team member.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Detlefsen, Jr. of Thomasville .

Flowers plans to become an orthopaedic surgeon and will use the $1,500 gift scholarship to attend Troy University in the fall. A very active honor student at Marengo Academy, Flowers has led his class as treasurer, vice president and president during his tenure at Marengo Academy. He is currently President of the Student Government Association and was the school’s delegate to Boys State last year. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Scholars Bowl, Math Team, and Spanish Club. He has participated on the school’s football, basketball, golf and weightlifting teams, receiving various sports-related honors. He is listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and was the recipient of the National English Merit Award. A member of Linden Baptist Church , he is also active in their Youth Group. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Freeman of Linden .

Gwin, who received the scholarship for the first time last year, is a freshman at the University of West Alabama and will use the $1,500 gift scholarship as he pursues a medical degree.  At UWA, Gwin is the assistant editor of the campus newspaper, The Life. He is also a member of the UWA Band and is an associate member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Gwin, of Gallion.


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