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Valley View Auxiliary tops $450,000 in scholarships

The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1955, the year that Valley View Hospital opened. Over the last 62 years, a key goal of the auxiliary has been to raise money for scholarships that support local students.

A recent review of available auxiliary minutes and scrapbooks showed that more than $450,000 has been awarded in scholarships. Most of the early awards were to students pursuing nursing careers, but more recently awards have been given to those going into medicine, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, nutrition, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy and radiology as well as nursing.

During the first 18 years, scholarships of $50 to $500 were given in conjunction with a Ford Foundation grant. Usually one award was given per year although some years two smaller awards were given. Unfortunately there are no records available for the years 1973-1987. If anyone in the community has information about these years, the auxiliary board would be grateful to have it.

In 1988, the auxiliary established a $1,200 annual nursing scholarship in memory of emergency room supervisor Teeny Jeung, whose died in an avalanche that January. This scholarship was awarded annually to a Roaring Fork Valley area high school senior although students already in nursing programs were also eligible.

The first award of $1,200 went to Donnette Brinkley Lippman in 1989. During the first years of this program, Ski Sunlight held benefit days to help support the scholarship, and in 1991 the auxiliary raised money by selling cheese and crackers at the top of the mountain. In 1996, a fundraising event was held at the Spring Gulch Nordic Area.

In 1994, the auxiliary began providing two scholarships a year for CMC nursing students in addition to one $1,200 Teeny Jeung scholarship.

Through the years, the numbers and dollar amounts of scholarships varied depending on funds available, and gradually increased so that by 2007 the auxiliary gave 10 awards of $3,000, including four for CMC nursing students.

This year, the auxiliary will provide six scholarships to either high school seniors going into the health sciences or students continuing in or changing to health science careers. Applications for these scholarships can be found at vvh.org/volunteer/scholarships. Four scholarships will go to CMC Nursing Students.