Established in 2015, the Scholarship Program at UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation has been a highlight for the community. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $605,000 to benefit 59 high school seniors and 88 hospital team members pursuing or advancing their careers in medically related studies. The high schools participating in the program are South Sumter, Wildwood and The Villages.
In 2016, Project S.O.S. (Support Our Soldiers) joined forces with the Foundation to provide a scholarship to a student who has a family member that served honorably in the United States Military. “Many of our military families in Florida and throughout the Nation often live at or below the poverty level, and the cost of sending their children to college is just a dream. Each year the Foundation, in conjunction with Project SOS, provides at least one Military Scholarship to a deserving family in order to make that dream come true,” said Gary Kadow, Founder and President of Project SOS, and Chairman of the Auxiliary Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.
This year, the program has been expanded to include naming opportunities. David and Cindy Taylor and Dr. Erika Jasper established scholarship awards in their names. If you are interested in funding a scholarship or learning more about the program, contact the Foundation office at 352-751-8871.
Roneisha Parrish: A 2019 recipient of a UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation Scholarship, Roneisha is now a sophomore in the nursing program at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and embracing the academic life. “I love science,” she states, “and I love the rigor of my studies.” She acknowledges how valuable The Villages® Hospital Foundation scholarship is to her success in school. “I can spend my time figuring out how I can keep my classes in order and how I can keep my social life in order instead of wondering how I can pay my bills,” she explains.
Easter Bunny Makes Everyone’s Day!
On Easter, a BIG bunny hopped through the door of the hospital. A greeter asked him who he was there to visit and the Easter Bunny said, “Why everyone, of course!” With that, he hopped to the elevator and up he went. First, he stopped at the nurses’ station and then he was on his way down the halls. Hopping from room to room, he left a small little bunny with each patient. The Auxiliary Foundation would like to thank volunteer, Roger Akers (shown with hospital team member Yahima Ramirez Leon) for his amazing portrayal of the Easter Bunny and for the joy he brought to so many!