Development Council presents academic scholarships

The Development Council of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena recently presented academic scholarships to students pursuing degrees and careers in the health care field.

Rachel Zolnierek was awarded the Bill and Mary DesOrmeau Scholarship and the Gerald Kramer Memorial Scholarship for 2017.

Zolnierek is enrolled in the registered nursing program at Alpena Community College and is working at Tendercare Alpena. She plans to continue her education and obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and eventually work at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena.

Bill and Mary DesOrmeau are former residents of the Alpena area and now live in southern Michigan.

June Kramer and her family have funded the Gerald Kramer Memorial Scholarship since 2006 and have recently endowed the fund to grant a $500 award to be given every year.

The Dr. Peter Aliferis Scholarship was awarded to Hope Bauer.

Bauer is in the doctoral program at the MSU College of Human Medicine and would like to work in a rural setting.

The Aliferis Medical Scholarship is funded by the Aliferis family and with proceeds from the annual Aliferis Memorial Race which is held annual in September.

This is the 16th year, the development council has awarded these scholarships.

The scholarships are donor-funded as a way to commemorate a loved one, promote health care careers and, although not a stipulation, to encourage recipients to practice at MidMichigan Health or a rural setting where it can be difficult to recruit nurses and physicians.

Since these scholarships were established, more than $68,000 has been granted to local students. The awards are based on academic achievement, community service and initiative.

“We are always very pleased when we see the quality of applicants for our scholarships. It is a competitive field that poses a difficult decision regarding the actual awards each year,” Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena, said.