On Thursday, July 22, the Blount Memorial Auxiliary awarded three scholarships to children of Blount Memorial Hospital employees who have chosen to pursue careers in health care.
This year’s recipients are Lauren Laudermilk, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree in nursing at Lee University, Zoe Payne who is enrolled in the nursing program at Roane State Community College, and Emily Smith, who is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree in nursing at Lee University. Laudermilk was unable to attend Thursday’s presentation.
Recipients were chosen for their academic achievements and commitments to community service, and were presented checks for $1,000 each. Auxiliary scholarships are funded by Blount Memorial Volunteer Services and are administered by the Blount Memorial Foundation.
At Thursday’s presentation, both Payne and Smith reflected on the time they each spent as junior volunteers at Blount Memorial and how it impacted their career choices. “I was a volunteer here for four years, and it was awesome,” said Smith. “I worked in a lot of different departments, including radiology and the emergency department, so I got to work with a bunch of different nurses. It was a really great experience,” she added.
“I got to see a lot of different departments and learn a lot about the hospital and the atmosphere. It was really nice, and it’s kind of what led me to choose nursing,” Payne said.
Since 1947, the Blount Memorial Auxiliary has helped enhance, expand and extend the hospital's reach into our community by helping patients and visitors and supporting Blount Memorial Hospital through service, fundraising and community relations. Since its inception, the organization has accumulated well over 1 million volunteer hours, in addition to its monetary contributions, which enable the hospital to maintain, improve and advance medical care in Blount and surrounding counties in East Tennessee.