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Courtesy Parmer Medical Center

Release Date: June 15, 2010

Hospital announces Scholarship Recipients

Parmer Medical Center was pleased to announce the recipients of the first annual Parmer Medical Center Community Scholarships on Sunday, May 23. The purpose of the scholarships is to promote service excellence in health care for Parmer County by assisting capable and qualified students interested in pursing healthcare related professions. There were fourteen applicants competing for the four scholarships. Applicants were from three Parmer County high schools and home school students.

The selection committee was comprised of school staff, hospital staff and the public at large. They selected four deserving students to each receive a $2,500 award. Joshua Duenes, a Friona High School graduate, is planning on attending Angelo State University and has chosen genetics as his profession. He will be working as a summer intern at the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center. Sasha Estrada has chosen a career in radiology and will be attending South Plains College. She plans to secure a master’s degree in addition to her bachelor’s. Jordan Kelley will attend Texas Tech in pursuit of a career as a pharmacist, but plans a dual master in business and pharmacy. Sasha and Jordan are also Friona graduates.

A home school student, Debra Cooper, also made the final four. Debra has been accepted into the Partnership for Primary Care Program at Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine. Debra wishes to become a MD with emphasis on speech communication.

The PMC Board of Directors and staff all wish a hearty congratulations to each of the initial scholarship recipients. An additional thank you goes to each of the other ten students who also plan a medical career and took the time to apply. Parmer County can be proud of the young people in our area.