Meet the Recipients

The Foundation for Surgical Technology is honored to announce its 2017 scholarship recipients. Scroll down to see this year's scholars or click Previous Academic Scholars to find recipients from 2015.

  • $1,500

    Brittany Hyman

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Aiken Technological College, Graniteville, South Carolina

    I am currently a student at Aiken Technical College enrolled in the surgical technology program. This coming August I will have completed the program and taken my certification exam. I chose surgical technology as a career because I wanted to expand my knowledge in the medical field. During my studies, I really enjoyed going to clinical. I have gained great experience and knowledge from the different clinical sites. I enjoy scrubbing and having a role in making a difference in someone’s life. After graduation I plan on being an OB/GYN surgical tech.

  • $1,500

    Sabrina Kennefick

    Sponsored by Cengage Learning

    Concorde Career College, Grand Prairie, Texas

    From as early as I can remember, I have always had a passion for healthcare and helping people, so a career in the health field was a no brainer. After a few hiccups and major life changes I was introduced to the field of surgical technology, which was the best decision I have made for my academics. I immediately fell in love with the field, which combines my passion for helping others with hands-on surgery. Never before had academics come so naturally for me. I craved knowledge and wanted to absorb as much information as possible both in lecture and in lab.

    I am a mere five weeks away from beginning clinicals and I couldn’t be more excited to delve into the operating room! My favorite part of the surgical technology program at Concorde Career Institute is the lab component, where we apply the knowledge gained in lecture and put it to use. I enjoy working as a cohesive group with my fellow classmates—encouraging and helping each other through the process. I also love the operating aspect, using the equipment and skills we have built upon each term to successfully complete a case from start to finish.

    Upon graduation in December 2017 and becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist, I hope to be employed at a hospital that offers a variety of specialties so I can gain as much experience as I can. I aim to be the best surgical technologist I can be and work to become completely comfortable in the OR and in the field. Another goal is to work in a facility that partners with Doctors without Borders to help those in need in underprivileged countries. In a few years, I plan to return to school in a first assistant program. In addition, I would love to take on the role as preceptor, so I can continue to help new surgical technologists reach their fullest potential!

  • $1,500

    Kathleen Reilly

    Sponsored by Sightpath Medical

    New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

    On a trip out to Travis AFB at the age of 19, I learned about surgical technology through a family friend who was working as a surgical technologist in the United States Air Force. I hammered her with questions for most of the visit. However, I already had enrolled previously in photography school, which was to begin in the fall of that same year. During the Christmas break, I had the good fortune of travelling abroad to visit my sister at the Air Force base in South Korea where she was stationed. Receiving this exposure to military service planted another seed within me. After earning my photography certification, I headed to San Diego to seek employment. During this time, I continued to reflect upon those planted seeds from my brief visit at Travis AFB and the remarkable trip to South Korea.

    I returned to my home state of Massachusetts, and at the age of 24 made the decision to enlist in the United States Air Force to become a surgical technologist. Unfortunately, in the midst of basic training, they discovered I had a degenerative eye disease called Keratoconus. Through my consultation with the base ophthalmologist, I learned that the severity of my condition would limit my ability to navigate through basic training. Consequently, I had to make the difficult choice of separating from the service and addressing my medical condition. In 2003, I had my first of two corneal transplants. During this procedure, I woke up just as the surgeon was bringing the cutting instrument down towards my eye. This event stayed with me for years, and the planted seeds from my past resurfaced.

    In 2015, I began to explore the idea of returning to school and looked at going to night school. Then I heard a radio commercial for New England Tech, discovered the surgical technology program and enrolled. My aspirations in the field of surgical technology are significant. My goals are to be a first assistant and to one day work for one of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital.

    There are many aspects of the surgical technology field that interest me. I love the fast pace of the operating room. I thoroughly enjoy helping patients during their most vulnerable times by ensuring that the surgeon has everything he or she needs to successfully complete each procedure. My attention to detail and my caring nature will allow me to excel in this field.

    As my 15-week clinical experience comes to a close, I eagerly anticipate my September 2017 graduation. I have had the privilege of engaging with many inspiring preceptors, nurses and surgeons. I am looking forward to pursuing a position at my current clinical site as a Certified Surgical Technologist.

    My path has led me full circle back to surgical technology. I have found my passion.

  • $1,000

    Michele Boatright, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Dixie State University, St. George, Utah

    It is truly an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship. Returning to school on a different career path was an intimidating venture, but after my first day in an OR, I knew that surgical technology was right for me. As a new graduate, I am excited to begin a new career as a surgical technologist in my community and I look forward to building on my knowledge and skills in the workplace.

    I am motivated by each patient's need for the best care during a challenging day in their lives. For me, becoming a CST gives me the ability to make a real difference in a rewarding career, and I am completely grateful.

    My graduation as a CST would not have been possible without the daily sacrifices made by my family and the patience and encouragement from the best instructors, preceptors and classmates. Thank you all.

  • $1,000

    Karen Delauder, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Jefferson County of Health Sciences, Roanoake, Virginia

    I am very humbled by receiving this award and very thankful. It seems unreal to me to have gotten this far, considering where I started. My work history of 30 years consisted of three different factories. I had always wanted to go back to school but never really had the chance. I had to support and raise my two daughters so school was never an option. I had remarried and my children were growing up and soon graduated from high school. The thought of going back to school was still in the back of my mind. My husband told me one day, if you want to go back to school, let’s do it. So with a leap of faith, I quit my job and started taking classes and eventually was accepted into Jefferson College of Health Sciences. I chose surgical technology because I had always wanted to do something in the medical field and this seemed to be very good fit for me. I was never an A student and was very scared when I first started—all of this was very new to me. I struggled and tried very hard to get through all the classes.

    I felt frustrated at times because I couldn’t get it as quickly as the other students who were much younger than me, but I stayed and kept pushing forward. I graduated with honors—what an amazing thing for me to accomplish! No one will ever know how much becoming a CST means to me. I hope that when I start my new career, I can make a difference in people’s lives with my compassion, always doing what is right, and maybe with just a warm smile.

  • $1,000

    Sully Delgadillo

    Sponsored by the Foundation and the South Carolina State Assembly

    Aiken Technical College, Graniteville, South Carolina

    What do you want to be when you grow up? This was a question I didn’t know the answer to until recently. About two and a half years ago I embarked on a journey to become a surgical technologist. I only knew on the surface what this profession was about, but once I started the program, I knew I was exactly where I’d dreamed I would be. It has been an amazing journey learning all different aspects of this profession. By far I have enjoyed my hands-on experiences with some of the most amazing surgeons I have had the pleasure of meeting. Being inside the operating room is exhilarating and I wouldn’t trade this experience with anything in the world. I look forward to graduating in August, putting into practice everything I have learned thus far, and making the world a better place one surgery at a time.

  • $1,000 Don Braziel Award

    Rachel Fulton, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation and the New York State Assembly

    Ulster County BOCES, Port Ewen, New York

    First and foremost, thank you so much for awarding me this scholarship. Words will never be able to express how grateful I am. This program has been rewarding, but also time consuming, and I’ve put a lot of effort into always doing as well as I possibly can. I’ve fallen in love with surgical technology, and this scholarship is further affirmation that I’m on the right path.

    I’ve always been fascinated by the human body and imagined myself having a career in healthcare. I’ve loved watching surgeries since I was young, so the operating room seemed like the perfect place for me to be. The program at Ulster BOCES has changed my life. I’ve learned so much these past 10 months. Every rotation has been a great experience, and along the way I’ve met some amazing surgical techs who are just as passionate about this field as I am. Along with my instructors, they’ve helped me form such solid skills that I can’t wait to bring into my career. I’ve never loved school as much as I do now. I love learning about a surgery in class, and then getting to go into the hospitals and, not only see it in real life, but offering a set of helping hands during the procedure.

    Being a part of the OR team is such a thrill for me. I loved being involved in helping and healing people. I can’t wait to apply everything I’ve learned and put my knowledge to use after I graduate. I’m so happy to have finally found my niche. As a Certified Surgical Technologist, I’ve made a promise to myself and to my future patients to be the best tech I can possibly be, to always put my patients first and to always uphold a strong surgical conscience.

  • $1,000

    Ashlee Lore

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois

    I currently work as an EMT-B and dispatcher in Springfield, Illinois. It wasn't until I had a few surgeries of my own that I actually got interested in surgical technology. I only had a glimpse of what it was like when I was the patient and was eager to go behind the scenes. I really want to be there for patients because I understand how scary the thought of surgery is. I want to be there for patients when they come in to the operating room and when they leave. I started searching around at local schools for programs and found one at Lincoln Land Community College. I started in summer 2016 and will graduate in December 2017.

    What I enjoy most about surgical technology is the organization of how everything is supposed to go and the thrill of what is going to happen next, even if it is sometimes stressful. To me there is a certain calming factor about it all. After graduation, I am most looking forward to getting experience in various surgeries and specialties for a couple of years. After gaining more experience, I want to go back to school to get my CSFA. I love everything about surgery, even the chaos, and look forward to continuously learning.

  • $1,000

    Bonnie Malone

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Holmes Community College, Ridgland, Mississippi

    I am so honored and grateful to be receiving this scholarship. Surgical technology is an amazing field, and the program that I will graduate from in just a few weeks has been such a wonderful experience. I have an instructor who is so passionate and driven that the semesters have flown by. She is an excellent mentor and role model. I have so much to be thankful for.

    The decision to go back to school and change my career represents a new season in my life. I have deliberately set this time aside to focus on learning new skills and living a more meaningful life. My greatest hope is to care for others with compassion and reverence.

    I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare, specifically in the operating room. I have always been passionate about working with and helping people. For me, surgical technology is a way to fulfill that desire. I want my life’s work to be a beautiful story of loving one another more than oneself and I have found that in this opportunity.

  • $1,000

    Brandy Matlock, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Southeast Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    The reason I chose to become a surgical technologist was because I love to help people, to solve problems and to see positive results in negative situations. I just graduated on May 20, 2017, and the most interesting part of my studies was the clinical experience. I did a rotation at a small rural hospital and then a rotation at a large hospital in the city. I was amazed at how differently each hospital is operated and the services that they provide. I met some amazing people along the way that have helped me to become prepared and ready to enter the healthcare field as a surgical technologist.

    Unfortunately, there are certain circumstances that neither clinicals, nor school can prepare you for. You must have thick skin to get through some days, but realize that not all days are difficult and take pride in your work each day. I look forward to each day in the OR and the possibilities that it holds for me that day, good or bad. I am looking forward to starting my new career as a surgical technologist at a local hospital, I plan to retire (in the distant future) from this hospital.

    I aspire to be an awesome and knowledgeable surgical technologist and a great example to other people in the healthcare field. I want to learn every aspect of the operating room and the opportunities that it presents. As of right now, my aspiration is to become a well-rounded, cross-trained, competent surgical technologist and eventually a first assistant.

  • $1,000

    Danielle R. Michaud

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine

    I am currently a student enrolled in the surgical tech program at Eastern Maine Community College and will be graduating in December 2017. I have always had an interest in the medical field but was not sure what area to go into after high school. I have worked at a hospital as a secretary for two years now and enjoy being able to observe procedures the doctors do at the bedside. I have seen chest tubes placed, dialysis catheters changed, and many dressing changed. I find it all very interesting. I was excited when I learned the community college in my town has a surgical technologist program. I started the surgical classes in the beginning of this year and it is nice to be studying something I find enjoyable.

    Both of my parents are surgical techs and I have grown up listening to them tell stories of their day in the operating room. Having both of my parents’ support, and their own love for their jobs helped me make the choice to work in the operating room.

    We have started our clinical in the hospital and I am really enjoying the hands-on experience my classmates and I are getting. I have been able to first scrub on multiple cases now and am learning so much. I love the feeling of being a part of helping change someone's life for the better.

    After graduation I cannot wait to start my career as a full time surgical technologist and continue my education in different services to be a great, well-rounded surgical technologist.

  • $750

    Donna Michelle Reid

    Sponsored by the Foundation and the Georgia State Assembly

    Augusta Technical College, Augusta, Georgia

    I have worked in the medical field as an orthopedic assistant for over 20 years. I was bitten by the OR bug at my former job as a personal clinical and surgical assistant for a physician. Some health issues made me take a leave of absence from my job and, before I could return, the physician notified me of his retirement. I knew at that moment I had been given the opportunity to go back to school to make what I loved the most official - becoming a surgical technologist full time. I do not have a shadow of doubt that surgical technology is what I am supposed to be doing with my life. The human body is one giant puzzle and, when it is broken apart by disease or trauma, it is just waiting to be put back together.

    My future profession will allow me to contribute to the success of the team in the OR and assist every surgeon, and therefore the patient, to be put back together. This is a very satisfying and humbling experience. Hearing the physician say “Hey thanks. You did an awesome job,” while knowing he did the hard work, gives you the feeling of accomplishment. During the past year, I have bonded with my classmates and instructors. I went to clinicals with a strong understanding of surgical procedures and having a good surgical conscience. I am confident when I graduate in August, the tools I have been given will lead me to a career of endless opportunities. This scholarship will assist me in completing my lifelong dream. I am very grateful that the Foundation for Surgical Technology would choose me to receive such a gracious award. I look forward to taking my CST exam and proudly putting those initials behind my name, as so many before me have done. Again, thank you so much for this scholarship, I will make AST and Augusta Technical College proud.

  • $1,000

    Marilyn Shelor, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoake, Virginia

    The decision to change direction in life and return to school again after completing my bachelor’s degree in 1988 was not an easy one at my age, but one done in anticipation of fulfilling a lifelong dream of working in an operating room. After completing my first general anatomy course in fall 2014, I was hooked. The human body is an amazing thing and being a part of surgical procedures and seeing the intricacies and how the body systems work together is fascinating.

    I graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in May of this year. Having studied under a top notch group of instructors, I am ready to perform at the highest level in the operating room. Their enthusiasm and passion for the field was contagious and spurred my classmates and myself to excel in the classroom and the clinical setting. Their dedication prepared all of us for the national exam. The climax of my experience, beyond graduating with honors, was being notified that I had passed and was officially a Certified Surgical Technologist.

    My immediate goals are to take some time to rest and recover from the rigors of study over the past three years. I will make up some time with family and take care of some responsibilities that have fallen by the wayside. Eventually, my goal is to work in a same-day surgery center as a surgical technologist - using my knowledge and skills to bring about positive outcomes for each and every patient.

  • $1,000 Jean Carty-Turner Memorial Scholarship

    Nicole Sposato, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation and the New York State Assembly

    Ulster County Boces, Port Ewen, New York

    It is not only an honor, but a privilege to receive this scholarship. I chose to become a surgical technologist because I wanted to be an integral part of a team that is passionate about giving each patient the best care possible.

    I am currently enrolled in the surgical technology program at Ulster BOCES with a graduation date set in June 2017. I have enjoyed my clinical studies and being able to learn through hands-on operating room experience. I am looking forward to being a part of a surgical team and having a hand in patient care directly. I also cannot wait to share my knowledge with future students training in the field, as I hope to have an opportunity to teach someday.

    Thank you to my instructors, Without all of you, I would not be half of the surgical tech I am today. I am forever grateful to have been guided by you throughout this journey.

    Thank you for this opportunity. The Foundation for Surgical Technology is investing my future as a CST, and I plan to do everything in my power to channel that into becoming a strong surgical tech. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • $1,000 Bob Caruthers Award

    Chad Wright

    Sponsored by the Texas State Assembly

    Concorde Career College, Grand Prairie, Texas

    I am honored to have received Bob Caruthers scholarship sponsored by the Texas State Assembly, so I’d first like to say thank you! If someone ever tells you it’s too late to get an education, do not listen to their negativity. I will be 41 when I graduate and I couldn’t be more excited for the career path I have chosen so late in life.

    After 12 years in the aerospace industry, I was laid-off and with no degree and only on-the-job training, it was hard to find a job let alone another career. That is when I made the decision to go back to school and, with my family behind me 100%, began this journey. So it’s never too late to get a education!

    I chose the surgical technology program for two reasons. I have always had a passion for helping others and surgical technology is a pathway that not a lot of people think about. The second reason is a very good friend of mine who has been a surgical technologist for several years. I would listen to him tell stories about the different cases and found it very intriguing.

    There really is not one aspect of in this program that I have enjoyed more than the next. The entire program so far has been exhilarating. To be very honest, it hasn’t been an easy road. To those that say, “Well, all you do is pass instruments to the doctor,” I challenge you take a surgical technology course or talk with a surgical technologist. Yes, we do pass instruments but we also learn the true meaning of sterility and how to maintain it, along with many other jobs that those on the outside don’t see. It’s something that we as surgical technologists take very seriously and take pride in.

    I am set to start clinicals in July 2017, so all the hard work in the classroom and lab is going to be put to use. This will be the time I learn as much as I can from those around me. I hope to find a specific service that I accelerate in, but at the same time, I want to learn as much I can about all the services, such as ortho, nero, cardiac, etc.

    I believe this will only make me a better surgical technologist but will also make me strive to be more valuable to the facility that will employ me in the future. I firmly believe you only get out what you put in, so I plan to apply myself and learn as much as I can, not only as a student but through my entire career, and have as much fun doing this as I can.

  • $1,000 Don Braziel Award

    Beth Wyckoff, CST

    Sponsored by the Texas State Assembly

    Collin County Community College, McKinney, Texas

    I was laid off after many years as a bookkeeper and office manager in 2015 and could not find a good job because I did not have a college degree. I decided at that time to pursue the career I have wanted since I was in the sixth grade. I enrolled in the surgical technology program at Collin College. I loved my classes, made many new friends, and graduated with honors.

    I am currently working for a large hospital in Dallas, training as an orthopedic technician. I love the work. It is incredibly satisfying to help these individuals. Every patient is going to experience improvement in their life in some way and it is wonderful to be part of the team that makes that happen. I plan to continue to work and grow my skills. I leave work every day feeling like I made a difference. My hope is not only to be the best surgical tech that I can be, but to have a positive impact on the lives of every patient and my coworkers every day.

  • $1,000

    Paige Zorij, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Ulster BOCES, Port Ewen, New York

    Thank you for the scholarship I was awarded. I graduated from Ulster BOCES Surgical Technology Program June 15, 2017. Going into the profession of surgical technology has been one of the best decisions of my life! Taking the chance of switching from animal medicine, where I was a former veterinary assistant, to human medicine was definitely a big change but well worth it! It's so nice to finally have found my niche in the career world and that also compliments my crazy OCD personality.

    I am very excited to announce that I have accepted a position at Rochester General Hospital in their Operating Room Department, starting July 2017! I'm so grateful that I can make a difference in others lives behind the scenes, thanks to the wonderful world of surgical technology! Don't forget to “Keep Calm and Scrub On.”

  • $750

    Kelsea Barker

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Keiser University, New Port Richey, Florida

    I am currently enrolled at Keiser University and will be graduating in December 2017. After graduating high school and getting a full time job at an eye surgery institute, I realized just how much I loved being in surgery and being able to say I was a part of helping someone. I then started at Keiser to further my education in surgical technology. Throughout school, what I have enjoyed the most is how much hands-on experience I get and how much I have learned. Learning about cardiac surgery and orthopedic surgery have been two of my favorite subjects. After graduation, I am going to strive to do my best so I can later become a surgical first assistant. I’m honored to have received this scholarship from this amazing foundation.

  • $750

    Jae Bevan, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Ulster County BOCES, Port Ewen, New York

    I would like to thank the Foundation for Surgical Technology for awarding me this scholarship. I returned to school after being a stay-at-home mom for many years and am very excited to enter this new phase of my life. I chose surgical technology as a career because I have a longstanding interest in surgery, I want to have positive impact on people’s lives, and I want to be part of a team that provides the best patient care for each and every case.

    I graduated from the Ulster BOCES Surgical Technologist Program in June 2017. My program director, Barb Maderi, CST, gave me unflagging support and encouragement. She is truly amazing in her ability to connect with students, provide guidance, and help each new class succeed. The clinical experience was definitely a highlight of the program. There really is no substitute for the hands-on learning of scrubbing in on a range of surgeries. I was fortunate to have worked with preceptors willing to teach and help me develop the skills I need as a practicing CST.

    After graduation, I will be relocating across the county to Portland, Oregon, and hope to secure a CST position where I can continue to build on my skills and gain proficiency in different specialties.

  • $750

    Serene Bousquet

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine

    I am a current student at Eastern Maine Community College and expect to graduate in December 2017. I decided on the path of surgical technology after enjoying many days in the operating room of a veterinary clinic. I found that the atmosphere of surgery was what I looked forward to most and I decided to pursue a career surrounding it. I have enjoyed many parts of the surgical technology program, but the feeling of being proficient in instrumentation, sterile procedure and the operating room language is beyond rewarding. After graduation, I look forward to moving closer to home in Massachusetts, where I am hoping to specialize in cardiac surgery. Thank you for being a part of my surgical technology journey.

  • $750

    Stephanie Harris, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Ulster County BOCES, Port Ewen, New York

    I graduated from Ulster BOCES in June 2017. Being in their surgical technology program has truly been one of the best experiences. My teachers and classmates are some of the most passionate and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

    I have always known that the healthcare field was where I belonged. Once I heard about the surgical technologist program, I researched what exactly a surgical tech did, and it seemed like a perfect fit for me. After classes and clinicals started, I fell in love with the OR and couldn’t picture myself anywhere else. I find the OR environment to be extremely rewarding, and having the ability to be a part of it is an amazing feeling.

    I am very fortunate and have been hired at an ambulatory surgical center. I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge and skills, but also to being an integral part of the surgical team. I plan to continue my education and become a registered nurse. I know everything that I have already learned, and what I will learn while working as a CST, will greatly help me to become a successful OR nurse.

  • $750

    Samantha Hart

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    ECPI University, Richmond, Virginia

    I chose surgical technology because I have always been extremely interested being able to see how the human body works from the inside out. I am fascinated by how much our bodies do and accomplish in such a small space. It's majestic.

    I am currently an EMT-B and have been for five years now. I have also worked at a local emergency department for two years. I am currently a student at ECPI-MCI in Richmond, Virginia, and will graduate in February 2018 (right around the corner)! After I graduate, I hope to work at a Level I hospital. I hope to work in a trauma OR and become a first assistant.

  • $750

    Chasity Lizotte

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine

    I was enrolled in the health occupations program at my local vocational tech school for the last two years of my high school career. I enrolled because I knew that the medical field was where I wanted to be but I wasn't sure about the specific occupation. As a part of the class curriculum, we had to work toward becoming a certified nursing assistant, which required us to attend clinicals at the local nursing home. Although I enjoyed working with people, I realized that that type of direct care was not for me. I wanted more action.

    Most people cringe at the sight of blood and gore, but I am highly intrigued by it. I want to be able to see all the action and be able to be part of the solution to the problem. My vocational teacher was the one who directed me toward the operating room. She pulled some strings and was able to get me into an operating room to observe as a student still in high school. That was an amazing opportunity that I will forever be grateful for, because that is when I fell in love with this occupation.

    My ultimate goal is to finish my program in December of 2017, and get certified as a surgical technologist. Considering that I am young, I will most likely pursue a nursing degree after I get my CST and more experience under my belt.

  • $750

    Sarah Maxwell

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana

    I chose surgical technology as a career because didn't want a typical 9-5 desk job. I wanted to be moving. I wanted to be helping people.

    After graduation June 30, I have a job lined up at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana. I am excited to start my career as a surgical technologist and join their team!

    I enjoy talking with the patients and helping to soothe them before the procedure. I also really like to be helpful to the team in any way. The surgical team is so important and everyone has a place. It is satisfying when we all work together and it goes smoothly. I really enjoy doing some small orthopedics cases. I just did an ORIF of the distal radius the other day. Getting to work with the drills and measuring screws was keeping me busy and it was so much fun!

  • $750 Henrietta Barnette Memorial Scholarship

    Latonya Payne

    Sponsored by the Alabama State Assembly

    Augusta Technical College, Augusta, GA

    Honestly, I have always been weirdly obsessed with the OR, and after realizing that I was spending hours of my free time glued to videos and TV shows about surgeries, it finally hit me that I was in the wrong line of work and needed to rethink my career choice.

    As a student, I love the relationships that I have formed, and the experiences I have had along the way. It is such a feeling of contentment knowing that no matter what procedure we are doing, we are helping that patient improve their quality of life. That feeling alone is absolutely amazing. Each day I get closer to graduating, I remain confident that I’ve made the right decision.

    Passing my certification exam, completing my program, and finally being hired as a CST are at the top of my list of priorities right now. I am scheduled to take my certification exam in July, I graduate in August, and I am so looking forward to spreading my wings and growing in this industry. I have no doubt that my future is promising.

  • $750

    Teresa Pham

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Cape Coral Institute of Technology, Cape Coral, Florida

    Being a single mother and a full time student is not the easiest thing in the world. Although it took a while to figure out where I'm meant to be, I fell in love with assisting those in need. I'm currently a student at Cape Coral Technical College. My teacher, Ms. Dona Hoyt, is a true blessing and I couldn't have asked for a better role model. While some things are difficult, I strive to have a positive outlook.

    I've had many wonderful CST's teaching me, but one thing in particular sticks out. A very percipient surgical technologist, Mike Klinger, told me, “It doesn't take a lot of muscle to do this. You don't need to muscle your way through everything. The doctor wants to dissect down to the problem, fix it, and get out. You want everything to run smoothly, so relax. Don't panic when the patient is coming through the door and you still have a few little things to do. Relax and keep things simple.”

    As a student, those words were what I needed to hear. It's little pieces of advice that stick with you, and guide you when you need it most. With an endless world of routes to take and a field of continuous growth, surgical technology is just the beginning for me. I intend to flourish while being an inspiration for young mothers, and aspire to achieve my goal of providing exemplary care to operating room patients.

  • $750

    Kimberly Quon

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, Missouri

    I am very thankful and honored to receive the Foundation for Surgical Technology scholarship. I am currently a student at St. Louis Community College and I feel happy to be thriving in the program! I am doing great in school and the best thing about it is that it comes easy for me to do well because I truly love what I am doing. Every single morning that I wake up early and go to clinical is an exciting day because I get to go to the hospital and scrub in on real cases. I feel a great sense of empowerment every time a patient gets extubated after a successful surgery because there is a pride in knowing that I had a part in that.

    After I graduate in July, I look forward to starting my career as a CST so that I can continue to assist with surgeries and help patients. My goal is to do the best that I can to apply everything that I have learned as a student and to further my education by being an RN or CFA. The other goals that I want to accomplish would be to attend an AST conference and to be able to go on a mission trip once I am more experienced.

  • $750

    Joshua Jo Scarcella, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Carver Career and Technical Education Center, Charleston, West Virginia

    First and foremost, I would like to thank the Foundation of Surgical Technology and those who donated that made this scholarship possible. I am honored to have been selected as one of the 2017 recipients. I'd also like to thank my instructors, Beth Mayfield, Jennifer Malcom, and Ron Brookover, without their support and encouragement throughout the entire program, none of this would be possible. They each played a critical role in my success of becoming a Certified Surgical Technologist.

    After nearly 13 years of working in a call center, I decided that I wanted to do something more with my career. I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field; however, I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I stumbled upon the surgical technologist role and instantly saw myself becoming one. On our second day of class, we had our first observation. I knew I was in the right place. I really wanted to be in a profession where I could make a difference in someone else's life.

    I graduated from Monongalia County Technical Education Center in May 2017. One week later, I found out that I had passed my certification exam and had become a CST. I am very excited that I was offered and accepted a position on the cardiothoracic surgery team at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. I still have a lot to learn about the service and have an awesome support system. Judy, Bethany, and Lisa have taken me under their wings and have a lot of expertise and knowledge that they are very eager to share with me on a daily basis to make me a stronger and better surgical technologist. I look forward to what the future brings as I continue my journey in my new profession.

  • $750

    Brooke Thompson, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Miller Motte College, Cary, North Carolina

    I chose surgical technology to make a small difference in healthcare. From an early age, I always knew that I wanted to do something in healthcare, I just didn't know what exactly. I began my healthcare journey upon high school graduation when I enrolled in a nursing program. I knew I wanted to be an OR nurse so that I could see all the action. When I realized that nurses aren't usually the ones scrubbed in, I changed programs.

    My absolute favorite classes in the program were pathophysiology, pharmacology and anesthesiology, and microbiology. These classes really allowed everything I was learning in my surgical technology classes to click. I was almost mind blown learning about all the different effects drugs can have on the body, as well as adverse interactions when mixed with other drugs. I have grown and matured throughout my program, realized what I like and what I don't, but one thing always remained the same, my passion for the OR. I love the energy, the intelligence, and the love that every OR staff member brings into the room.

    I graduated from my program in May 2017 with a 4.0 and will be starting nursing school at Duke University this coming fall. My next milestone is becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

  • $750

    Ryder Whitcomb

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Concord Hospital, Concord, New Hampshire

    Hello, My Name is Ryder Whitcomb I am truly grateful to have been chosen to receive this award. I am currently a full time student at Concord Hospital with just a few short months until graduation. After completion of my program I will be working at Concord Hospital in the main operating rooms and am very excited to join their team.

    I first became interested in surgical technology when I was in my surgical rotation of the orthopedic tech program I was in previously. I had arrived at the hospital early in the morning, ecstatic to have the opportunity to watch one of the many aspects of the medical field and that was surgery. The moment I walked into the operating room, I could tell this is where I wanted to be. As the surgery began and with every second to follow, I was amazed with the teamwork of everyone involved in that operating room. It was a group of people all working for the same goal, the heath of their patient.

    The more I focused on the operation, I couldn’t help but notice the surgical technologist. Without even speaking the surgeon and surg tech passed instruments back and forth methodically, almost as if they knew what one another was thinking. It was in those quiet but magical moments that I decided this is something I would love to be a part of. As the end of my program creeps closer, I have decided to continue my education while working full time at the hospital. I am planning on completing my bachelor’s degree in advanced patient care, then hope to go on to podiatry school shortly after.

    I am extremely grateful to have a wonderful foundation like the Foundation for Surgical Technology to support me and many others as we strive to help others every day.

  • $500

    Michelle Johnson

    Sponsored by the Resource Surgical

    Renton Technical College, Renton, Washington

    I grew up in Southern Oregon and moved to Washington in 2005 after graduating high school. I went from a small rural town to big city living. After years of working at a dead-end job, I pursued a new career path in a field I knew nothing about, but opportunity knocked so I took it. One and a half years later, I was out of said job after my role was eliminated and my lack of a degree left me unqualified to transfer into another department.

    As they say “when one door closes, another door opens.” I am a firm believer in that because I am living it right now, and this notion has proven itself to me throughout my life. I decided to go back to school. I wanted to be in a field that is in demand, affords opportunity, provides medical benefits, is team oriented, helps others in need and could stay with me until retirement if I so choose. That is how I found the surgical technologist program at Renton Technical College.

    I am at the end of my third quarter of a one year program. When all said and done, I’ll have my associate degree. I couldn’t be happier with the open door that life has brought forth to me. Being in an OR and building a skill set that directly impacts the health and wellness of another person is an amazing feeling. I will positively add to the synergy it takes to keep a patient safe, and that is a wonderful thing to be a part of.

    I look forward to my future. Even more so, I look forward to the days when I will become a preceptor so I can pass on to others the same respect and appreciation I have gained for the operating room.

  • $500

    Lyn Keefe

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    I feel extremely honored to have received this award. This will alleviate some of my financial burden and allow me to focus on my academic and professional career. I currently attend Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire and will graduate in 2018. So far I have enjoyed the lab portion of school the most. It has been challenging to learn how to keep everything sterile. Learning to be aware of contamination you cannot see requires a lot of practice.

    My path to surgical technology started while I was working as a pharmacy technician. I enjoyed being part of a health care team but I thought I could do more to help people. Biology has always been my favorite subject. I believe surgical technology is a combination of biology and a feeling of helping people that is perfect for me.

    There are a few people close to me that are suffering from neurological conditions. This has motivated me want to help others with similar conditions. I hope to focus on neurosurgery so I can use my personal and professional experiences to improve people’s lives.

  • $500

    Jaime Lemery

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, Maine

    I am 19 years old and will be graduating from Eastern Maine Community College in six months with my associate degree in surgical technology. I will also, hopefully, be certified by that time. Our certification exam is scheduled for two days before graduation. This scholarship is going to help me finish out my schooling. I was becoming worried about how I was going to be able to start 40-hour-week clinicals and be able to afford to pay for everything that I need and the responsibilities I have, especially my horse. This scholarship reward will help me pay for school and my horse, and is greatly appreciated.

    I am hoping to get a job in the Bangor area after graduation and I am thinking about going back to school to become a first assist or a PA after a couple of years of working experience. I am very excited about my future as a CST and I am so very greatful for this generous scholarship.

    I have just recently started clinicals at Eastern Maine Medical Center and have started to realize how much I have learned in the past few months. It is amazing. I am realizing what I am capable of, and my instructors have really pushed me to be where I am and have helped to believe in myself. I am looking forward, not only to graduation, but to how much I will be able to learn and push myself in these next six months. I know I will be challenged but I am ready for it and I am so excited to push through it!

    I would just like to express my thanks one last time for this reward. I will help more than I am able to explain.

  • $500

    Alicia MacKay

    Sponsored by Resource Surgical

    Renton Technical College, Renton, Washington

    I am from Maple Valley, Washington, and am graduating from the surgical technologist program at Renton Technical College August 11, 2017. My favorite part about my studies thus far is being in clinical. I am a very hands-on learner, so being in the operating room has helped me tremendously. Also, I have enjoyed learning many different procedures and learning the flow of the operating room. After graduation I am most looking forward to starting a job and being a part of a team that cares for the well-being and safety for patients. I was unsure how I would like being in the operating room but I absolutely love it and look forward to starting my career as a surgical technologist.

  • $500

    Chelsea Shaw, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Community College of Allegheny County, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

    I chose to major in surgical technology because of my passion for human anatomy and patient care. With this career, I can fulfill my scientific curiosity in the cutting-edge field and satisfy my passion for helping human beings. This field allows me to explore the boundaries and healing abilities of the human body, while simultaneously caring for the human spirit.

    As a recent graduate and newly hired Certified Surgical Technologist, I plan on further expanding my knowledge of surgical procedures, safety and aseptic practices, anatomy and physiology, and both my interpersonal skills and my compassionate nature. I look forward to working in a patient-focused, detail-oriented, and team-building environment.

    Waking up each day knowing I’ll be in the operating room has given me so much joy and sense of purpose that I hope to one day go back to school to become a Certified Surgical First Assistant to learn and further develop my surgical knowledge. I plan to grow and learn as this field continues to evolve throughout my lifelong career in the operating room.

  • $500

    Julie Tobias, CST

    Sponsored by the Foundation

    Lanier Technical College, Oakwood, Georgia

    I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Foundation for Surgical Technology scholarship. The award will allow me to continue to build upon my education in this exciting area of healthcare. It is a rewarding feeling to be able to learn a surgical procedure that allows an individual to have the best possible health. My clinical experience has shown me that medicine is not only a science, it is also inventive, compassionate and impartial. It is gratifying to be part of a skilled medical professional team committed to patient care. With the support of Professor Wiese, as well as the clinical professionals that I have met on my educational path, I now have a solid foundation for my success. Many thanks to the Foundation for becoming part of my journey.